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
Gravel Pit Mid Suffolk Suffolk Lying in east part of Thurston, 7.25 kms ENE of Bury St Edmunds
Loddiswell Butts, Ham Butts, The Pound and The Well. South Hams Devon Fragmented unit located in Loddiswell, 4.5 km NW of Kingsbridge
Land surrounding village pump. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located at Nether Street, Widford, S.W. of Bishops Stortford.
Brent Moor South Hams Devon Moorland located on south Dartmoor, 3 km NW of South Brent.
Common Alm Northavon Avon Roadside verge located N of Itchington, 4 km SE of Thornbury.
Common at Treamble Carrick Cornwall Located east of Mount, 3.5 km NE of Perranporth.
'Fulstow Gate' East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along an unclassified road 1 km N.W. of Grainthorpe.
Hungerford Common Newbury Berkshire Tow path on R.Kennet;plus areas E of Hungerford,S of river.
Gissing Common South Norfolk Norfolk Located at Gissing Common, 2.25 km north of Gissing.
Knowle Mid Devon Devon Located 0.25 km north of Knowle, 5 km WNW of Credition.

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