Town and village greens and common land registers

As the Commons Registration Authority, we have a duty to make the formal Town / Village Green and Common Land registers available for public inspection. 

Each registration is divided into sections showing details of:

  • Land - this includes a description of the land, who registered it and when the registration took place. There are also supposed to be related plans which show the boundaries of the land however these have been damaged and we are currently in the process of reproducing these.
  • Ownership - this includes details of owners of the land. However, entries in this section of the registers are not held to be conclusive.

And for the register of common land:

  • Rights - this includes a description of the rights of common (such as the right to graze 100 sheep), over which area of the common the rights are exercisable, and the name of the person (the 'commoner') who holds those rights.

In many cases this information has not been updated since the Registers were prepared in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Council will only amend the common land register or the village green register in respect of land ownership when we are notified of a change in ownership by the Land Registry. The Council is not required by the current legislation to amend the rights section of the common land register.

Email enquiries regarding the inspection of the registers in Crewe to as an appointment is necessary.

We are not able to validate the results of a personal inspection. 

Page last reviewed: 01 September 2022