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 Coberley Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Located in Coberley, 6.25 km south of Cheltenham.
The Pond Test Valley Hampshire At minor road junction in Penton Mewsey, 4 kms NW of Andover.
The Pinfold Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire Located along minor road in Morton, 3.5 kms SE of Southwell.
Holwell Mouth Melton Leicestershire Located at Holwell Mount, 6.75 kms NNW of Melton Mowbray.
Skiddaw Common Allerdale Cumbria Area of fell, located on the lower slopes of Skiddaw.
Church Hay Down North Cornwall Cornwall Located on west edge of Bodmin Moor, east of St. Breward.
Whinfell Allotment South Lakeland Cumbria Small area of fell, located 9 kms N.E. of Kendal.
Part of Broadstreet Common Guildford Surrey Area of woodland, located 3 kms west of Guildford.
East Common Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Part of East Common, located 2 km SE of North Creake.
Porthallow Cove, St. Keverne. Kerrier Cornwall Located on beach at Porthallow, 10.0 km south of Falmouth.

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