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
Flanders Green East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located at Flanders Green, 3.8 kms W.S.W. of Buntingford.
Layer Breton Heath (three parts). Colchester Essex Located at Birch Green, 8 kms S.W. of Colchester.
Sampford Common Taunton Deane Somerset Located at Sampford Point on Black Down, 4 km SW of Wellington.
Crosby Garrett Regulated Common Eden Cumbria Located S.W. of Crosby Garrett, 4.5 kms west of Kirkby Stephen.
Skiff Common Chichester West Sussex Near Sparr Farm,by road junction,2.2km E of Kirdford.
Harrop Fell Ribble Valley Lancashire Fell lying 3.75 kms north of West Bradford, north of Clitheroe.
Common Land Scarborough North Yorkshire Along minor road near Highgate Howe, 1.75 km SE of Whitby.
Johnny's Ditch or Hole. Wimborne Dorset Located at Sturminster Marshall, 6 km west of Wimborne Minster.
Bathing Site Wychavon Hereford/Worcester Located in N part of Bredon,adjacent to River Avon
Little Totham Plains Maldon Essex Located N.W. of Little Totham, 6 kms N.E. of Maldon.

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