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
Mellis Common Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located at Mellis, 4.75 kms S.S.W. of Diss.
Bell Close Luton Bedfordshire Located between High Town and Round Green, Luton.
War Memorial, Little Amwell. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located at a road junction in Little Amwell, S.E. of Hertford.
Little Beach, Tweedmouth, Berwick on Tweed. Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland Located in Berwick upon Tweed, on the southern side of estuary.
Land north of Ellonby, (west of road). Eden Cumbria Located along a minor road to the north of Ellonby.
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Located at Knott Side, 1 km SE of Pateley Bridge.
Run Common Waverley Surrey Located 1.5 kms south of Shamley Green, E.S.E. of Godalming.
Coal Burns Gateshead Tyne and Wear Located at Coalburns, 3.5 km S.W. of Ryton.
Tarn Moor or Tarn Pasture. Eden Cumbria Area of moorland, located 5.5 kms N.E.of Tebay.
Hill Brow Copeland Cumbria Located in The Hill, 2.8 kms N.N.E. of Millom.

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