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
Land in front of nos. 93-115, Dulwich Village, Southwark Southwark LB Greater London Roadside verge located in Dulwich Village, south of Camberwell.
Part of St. Jidgey Downs. North Cornwall Cornwall Located along A 39(T) between St. Jidgey and Winnard's Perch.
Pitch Place Chichester West Sussex Area of woodland, located at Hoyle, 3.5 kms S.E of Midhurst.
Common Land Richmondshire North Yorkshire Along minor road 1 km SE of Finghall, 7.75 km WNW of Bedale.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Along Cut Off Channel (River Gt. Ouse), 1 km SW of Stoke Ferry.
Horsford Woods Broadland Norfolk Woodland located 1 km NE of Horsford.
Eland Hall and Mill Farm, Ponteland. Castle Morpeth Northumberland Located east of Ponteland, 8.25 kms N.W. of Newcastle-upon Tyne
Land between Manor Wall and Plough Inn, Normanton on Soar. Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Located in Normanton on Soar, 3.75 kms NNW of Loughborough.
Scalerigg Quarry and road leading to it. Eden Cumbria Located 1.25 kms west of Renwick.
Ryestreet Common Waverley Surrey Partly wooded area, located east of Chiddingfold.

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