Barnes Common

organization and common land in Barnes, London

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Barnes Common
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Broom on Barnes Common
TypeCommon land
LocationBarnes, London
Area49.55 hectares (122.4 acres)
OpenAll year
StatusLocal Nature Reserve[1]

Barnes Common is common land in the south east of Barnes, London, England, adjoining Putney Lower Common to the east and bounded to the south by the Upper Richmond Road.[2] Along with Barnes Green, it is one of the largest zones of common land in London with 49.55 hectares (122.4 acres) of protected commons.[3] It is also a Local Nature Reserve.[1] Facilities include a full-size football pitch and a nature trail.[1]

The common is made up of mixed broadleaf woodland, scrubland and acid grassland and is generally flat.[2] It is owned by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, acting through the Church Commissioners,[2] and managed by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, advised and assisted by the Friends of Barnes Common.[1][2][4]


Barnes railway station in just within the common. The common is served by London Buses routes 33, 72, 265 and 485.[2]


Singer and rock musician Marc Bolan died on the common on 16 September 1977 when the car he was being driven in crashed into a tree,[5] art what is now Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine.

In August 1736 the common hosted a cricket match between Surrey and London. This is the only time that a reference to the common is found in surviving cricket records.[6]

The Friends of Barnes Common
Friends of Barnes Common logo.jpg
Legal statusNot-for-profit membership organisation[4]
HeadquartersBarnes Common, Barnes, London SW13 0HT
Main organ
On the Common (newsletter)[7]
Affiliationsaffiliated to Barnes Community Association and associated with the South West London Environment Network[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Barnes Common". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 28 February 2013. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "4.2. General information" (PDF). Barnes Common Management Plan 2009-14. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Common Land and the Commons Act 2006". Defra. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Home". Friends of Barnes Common. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  5. ^ Beaumont, Mark (14 November 2017). "Marc Bolan's last days: how glam rock's teenage dream became a nightmare". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  6. ^ Buckley, G. B. (1935). Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket. Cotterell.
  7. ^ "Threats to Barnes Common". Friends of Barnes Common. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°28′13″N 0°14′13″W / 51.470154°N 0.237007°W / 51.470154; -0.237007

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