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
Holdstone Down North Devon Devon Downland on North Devon Coast, 2.5 km NE of Combe Martin.
Bexleyhill Common Chichester West Sussex At Bexleyhill,1.5km E of Henley.
The Pound, Old Quarry. Leominster Hereford/Worcester Common located in centre of Wigmore,close to church
Meg and Jin Quarry on Houndkirk Moor Sheffield South Yorkshire Along A 625 on east side of Houndkirk Moor, S.W. of Sheffield.
Land in Bakers Wood Road South Bucks Buckinghamshire Common in centre of Bakers Wood.
Paygate Crossroads, Ryton. Gateshead Tyne and Wear Located in Crawcrook, 1 km S.W. of Ryton.
Orston Spa Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Located along minor road east of Orston, 7.5 kms ENE of Bingham
Cockley Moss Allerdale Cumbria Located near Mealrigg, 2 kms N.W. of Westnewton.
Town End Pond Ryedale North Yorkshire Sited at minor road junction in Claxton, 14.75 km SW of Malton
Manorial Waste on west side of Kirdford-Pallingham Road. Chichester West Sussex In wooded area,0.25km W of A272 at The Mens,2.5km S of Kirdford

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