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|Area||49.55 hectares (122.4 acres)|
|Status||Local Nature Reserve|
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. 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. It is also a Local Nature Reserve. Facilities include a full-size football pitch and a nature trail.
The common is made up of mixed broadleaf woodland, scrubland and acid grassland and is generally flat. It is owned by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, acting through the Church Commissioners, and managed by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, advised and assisted by the Friends of Barnes Common.
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, 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.
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