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A 2007 well dressing entry
Etwall is located in Derbyshire
 Etwall shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK268319
District South Derbyshire
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE65
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Coordinates: 52°53′02″N 1°36′07″W / 52.884°N 1.602°W / 52.884; -1.602

Etwall (SK 268 316) is a civil parish and village in Derbyshire, England. It is located southwest from Derby on the A50.


Etwall is located between the A516, which bypassed the village in February 1992, and the A50 in south Derbyshire. The A516 draws a lot of heavy traffic heading for the M1 north.

The village has its own public library, several schools including a state pre-school,[1] state primary,[2] an independent day school[3] and the large secondary school, John Port School. The parish church is St Helen's. A war memorial is located in the shadow of a memorial tree which was planted in the 1800s. There is also a Buddhist centre at Ashe Hall established by Kelsang Gyatso.[4] Some of the inhabitants work at the Toyota car factory which is located east of the village. The part of the village that is closely adjacent to the A50, and the Toyota Car factory, is separately named as Etwall Common.


The village name comes from Etewelle, meaning "Eatta’s water", Eatta being a 7th-century Saxon leader. Etwall is famous for its well dressing festival every May.[5]

The John Port Grammar School opened in 1956, with the Etwall Secondary School on the same site. They combined as the comprehensive John Port School in 1965.


Etwall is an affluent[6] and vibrant village benefiting from several amenities including a post office,[7] library,[8] two village stores,[9] a restaurant,[10] pharmacy,[11] dental practice,[12] veterinarian,[13] large village hall,[14] leisure centre[15] and cricket club.[16] Etwall also plays host to a swimming club[17] tennis club[18] and the Team FS Derby, a Futsal Club of the FA National Futsal League. The village has two historic pubs on its Main Street: the Spread Eagle (opposite John Port School) is the oldest and the Hawk and Buckle dates from around 1800.[19] There is also the more modern Seven Wells[20] on Heage Lane and a Bar inside Blenhiem House.[21] The King George playing fields hosts the local football team Etwall Rangers (sponsored by the Hawk and Buckle) on Sunday mornings. The village has excellent walking and cycling links with three national cycle network routes meeting in the village; Route 54,[22] Route 549[23] and Route 68.[24]

Former residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Etwall Pre-School". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Etwall Primary School". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kadampa Independent Primary School". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Etwall Well Dressing Association". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Etwall Conservation Area Character statement". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  7. ^ library "Etwall Post Office". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Etwall Library". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Etwall Village Store". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Blenheim House Restaurant". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Etwall pharmacy". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Etwall Dental Practice,". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sarah Smith Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Specialist". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Frank Wickham Hall". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Etwall Leisure Centre". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Etwall Cricket Club". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Etwall Eagles Swimming Club". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Etwall Tennis Club". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Hawk and Buckle Etwall". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Seven Wells Etwall". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Blenhiem House Bar Etwall". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "National Cycle Network Route 54". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "National Cycle Network Route 549". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "National Cycle Network Route 68". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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