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
Baulking Common Vale of White Horse Oxfordshire Located in Baulking, 8.0 kms N.W. of Wantage.
Coleshill Pond Chiltern Buckinghamshire Common in centre of Coleshill settlement.
North Leigh Common West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Partly wooded area, between North Leigh and Long Hanborough.
Land in Parish of West Wickham South Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire Located along minor road, 1 km west of West Wickham.
Alma Quarry Bradford West Yorkshire Located on west edge of Bingley Moor, 4.9 kms ENE of Keighley.
Land in Hyde Heath Chiltern Buckinghamshire Common S of B485,near Hyde Ho.
Play Area Blaby Leicestershire Common in two parts in centre of Blaby, SSW of Leicester.
Common Land South Norfolk Norfolk Located along minor road at Howe, 2 kms south of Poringland.
Tackley Heath Pond West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located 1.5 kms N.W. of Tackley, 5 kms N.E. of Woodstock.
Newland Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located on sides of A449, to SW and N of Newland

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