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
Bramford Tye Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located along a minor road between Bramford and Flowton.
Land from Church Lane to the cottages, Topplesfield. Braintree Essex Roadside verge, located east of Topplesfield.
The Green Vale of White Horse Oxfordshire Located in Uffington, 9.25 kms N.W. of Wantage.
Hoar Side Moor and Park Calderdale West Yorkshire Moorland located 5 kms N.N.W. of Todmorden.
Site of Old Pond at Eckington Road, Coal Aston. North East Derbyshire Derbyshire Located at Coal Aston on the NE edge of Dronfield.
Madderley Moor Restormel Cornwall Adjacent to River Fowey, 0.5 km south of Lostwithiel.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Marshland adjacent to River Ant, 2.5 km west of Ludham.
Land in Seagrave Charnwood Leicestershire Along minor road in Seagrave, 8.25 kms SE of Loughborough.
Land E of Oakhanger East Hampshire Hampshire Partly wooded area located west of Bordon Camp.
Stonesfield Common West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located south of Stonesfield, 4.5 kms S.E. of Charlbury.

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