Common land

3. Common land in East Sussex

Common land is not land which is commonly owned. The term ‘common’ refers to the ‘rights of common’ that local people (known as ‘commoners’) were granted in the middle ages.

Rights of common vary depending on the land, but may include grazing animals and collecting firewood.

The registers of common land and town and village greens in East Sussex are held at County Hall in Lewes. The registers are formed of a written record that describes each piece of land, and a set of maps map with all registered common land and village greens marked on them. These can be viewed by contacting the Rights of Way team.

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