The village of Etwall is situated roughly half way between Derby and Burton upon Trent (view map). Its local authorities are South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council. It has a population of about 2,500 and a housing area of approximately 1 square kilometre, set in an overall size of just under five square kilometres, primarily of farmland.
The village developed as a major stopping point on the Derby-Uttoxeter turnpike and had a train station on the old Great Northern Line. The former railway track is now part of the national cycle network. The A516 ran through the centre of the village until 1992 when the bypass was opened. Most of the residents occupy houses built in the 1950s and 1960s when the number of dwellings increased from around 100 to about 900.