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
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Sited along B 1436 on SE edge of Roughton, 5.25 km S of Cromer.
Elms Common and Crouch Common Chichester West Sussex Along road at Crouch Farm,2km E of Duncton.
Furzemoor Pond and access South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located at Cold Harbour, 3.5 kms north of Pangbourne.
The Pound, Old Quarry. Leominster Hereford/Worcester Common located in centre of Wigmore,close to church
Rod Side County Road Sheffield South Yorkshire Verges on minor road crossing Rod Moor, 9 kms west of Sheffield
Land to NE of Dunkery Hill, Wootton Courtenay. West Somerset Somerset Moorland located SW of Wooton Courtney, 5.5 km SE of Porlock.
Green Lane and Bestman's Lane. Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Common runs close to M5,1km SE of Kempsey
Saltings Tendring Essex Marshland, located adjacent to River Colne, S.E. of Colchester.
Church Green Hart Hampshire Located at minor road junction, 1.5 kms SW of Eversley Cross.
Tarn House Tip Bradford West Yorkshire At road junction north of Goose Eye, 3.2 kms WNW of Keighley.

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