Around 3% of the land area of England is recognised as common land. On this website you will find a maintained and searchable database of registered parcels of common land in England.

Search by village or parish name, or find all common land in a specific county. You can also list types of common land, as well as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Common Land In England

The website contains land records for nearly all parcels of registered common land in England, with additional data including location, area, extent of rights etc. The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land

The data powering the database is sourced from the government's DEFRA website. For information about UK Government property and land visit government buildings. For details about social housing visit

Village Greens

Town and village greens originate in customary law, where long-standing recreational use of land by the local inhabitants came to be recognised and protected by the courts. Greens are areas of land where local people have for many years indulged in lawful sports and pastimes, which might include organised or informal games, picnics, fetes, dog walking and similar activities. A green can be in private ownership but many greens are owned or maintained by town and parish councils.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
Western part of Mallerstang Common. Eden Cumbria Area of moorland, located 5.5 kms S.E. of Ravenstonedale.
Lywood Common Mid Sussex West Sussex On W side of B2028,2.5km NE of Haywards Heath.
Berrier Quarry Eden Cumbria Located 2.25 kms east of Mungrisdale.
Croglin Quarry Eden Cumbria Located in the northern part of Croglin.
Freehay Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire Woodland located at Freehay, 2.5 kms SE of Cheadle.
Nutter's or Foster's Gate Cambridge Cambridgeshire Located along River Cam, on west outskirts of Cambridge.
The Butts Cotswold Gloucestershire Along minor road on S edge of Poulton, 7.5 km E of Cirencester.
Nameless piece of land at Lerryn. Caradon Cornwall Adjacent to River Lerryn at Lerryn, 4.25 km SE of Lostwithiel.
Village Pound North Dorset Dorset Along minor road, E of West Orchard, 7 km SSW of Shaftesbury.
Allendale Common and land at Mohope Moor and Pinch Park. Tynedale Northumberland Extensive area of moorland, located N.E and N.W of Allenheads.

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