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
Harlow Tye Green Epping Forest Essex Located along minor road at Harlow Tye, east of Harlow.
Land at Little London Road Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire Located along a minor road 1 km south of Silchester.
Flag Holt Common Huntingdon Cambridgeshire Located on the southern outskirts of Ramsey, SE of Peterborough
Parish Land East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along B1192, between Coningsby and Reedham.
Castlemorton, Shadybank, Hollybed and Coombe Green Commons. Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Large area to W of B4208,1km SW of Welland
North Green Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Located at North Green, 2.75 kms S.E. of Framlingham.
Black House Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Land 0.5km W of Garway
Knapperthaw Common South Lakeland Cumbria Located at Knapperthaw, 2.75 kms S.W. of Spark Bridge.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk On Weybourne Heath, 1.5 km SE of Weybourne, SW of Sheringham.
Land in Ravenstonedale Eden Cumbria Located in the northern part of Ravenstonedale.

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