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
Hodmoor North Dorset Dorset Located adjacent to the River Stour, 1.25 km NW of Stourpaine.
Land on Thames near Wargrave Wokingham Berkshire Common on E edge of River Thames,on W side of Wargrave.
Land in parish of Melchbourne and Yelden North Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Roadside verge located south of Yelden, 5.4 kms east of Rushden
Part of the Manorial Waste, Witley. Waverley Surrey Located 1 km S.W. of Hambledon, 6 kms S.S.W. of Godalming.
Common and Waste, Wheal Butson. Carrick Cornwall At minor road junction near Mithion Downs, 2 km SE of St. Agnes
Land near Kiln Cottage, Buckland Common. Chiltern Buckinghamshire Area near Buckland common,1.25km W of Cholesbury.
Stork Carr Quarry, Hawes and Cragg Quarry, Green Scar Mire. Richmondshire North Yorkshire Part located 1.5 km SW of Hawes, and parts 3 km SE of Hawes.
Risland Mere Boothferry Humberside Adjoins a drain west of River Trent, south of West Butterwick.
Part of Brill Common Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common on SW edge of Brill.
Castle Green Surrey Heath Surrey Area of woodland, located 0.75 km S.W. of Chobham, near Woking.

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