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
Embsay Moor Craven North Yorkshire Moorland located 3 km north of Skipton.
Drummers Knob Field No. 5 Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire Along minor road south of Cloud Side, 4.75 kms ESE of Congleton
Manorial Waste, Botley. Chiltern Buckinghamshire Common along main road in Botley.
Great Bookham Common Mole Valley Surrey Extensive area of woodland, located west of Leatherhead.
Shaperton Common and Shaperton Haughs. Alnwick Northumberland Located south of Shaperton, 9.5 kms west of Rothbury.
Selborne Common East Hampshire Hampshire Woodland located west of Selbourne, 5.75 kms SSE of Alton.
Village Green Kennet Wiltshire Located at a minor road junction in Lower Chute.
Middleton Moor Harrogate North Yorkshire Moorland located 2.25 km north of Ilkley.
Ellen Green Common North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Adjoins woodland, (Steward's Ley), 3.5 kms N.W. of Buntingford.
The Flash, Crossmere. North Shrops Shropshire Located at Crosemere, 0.25km NE of Cockshutt.

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