Historically part of Staffordshire, Ettingshall was mentioned as an ancient manor in the Domesday Book of 1086. The surrounding areas of Priestfield, Parkfield, Lanesfield and Millfields are believed to have been property of the manor.
From the 18th century onwards, Ettingshall became heavily industrialised as a result of the Industrial Revolution. Until April 1979, an area of wasteland on the southside of Millfields Road was the location of the Bilston Steelworks and old Bilston quarries. Ettingshall Road was the location for Cables and Instruments, Dixon's Wallcoverings and Tools and Machines. Spring Road is the location of Tarmac Limited and John Thompson Limited. Ettingshall was the location for the manufacture of the 240 ton boiler drum with a length of 122 feet in 1965. This was the heaviest load carried by British Rail. It was transported to Eggborough in Yorkshire.
It is situated 1¼ miles to the south-east of the city centre and centred on the A4039 & A4126 roads. It is situated on the western edge of the former Borough of Bilston and began as an expansion of the Sedgley village of Ettingshall in the Victorian era, becoming part of the new Coseley Urban District Council in 1897.
As the northern parts of the original Ettingshall extended across the border into Bilston, many new houses and factories were built and this area became known as "Ettingshall New Village", the Ettingshall that still exists in the present day.
In 1966, the bulk of the old Ettingshall village was absorbed into the borough of Wolverhampton, along with parts of Brierley village, while most of the rest of Coseley - along Brierley Hill and the bulk of neighbouring Sedgley- was incorporated into an expanded Dudley borough.
A few references to the original village in Sedgley still exist, with the Ettingshall Park Estate below the eastern slopes of Sedgley Beacon, while two roads in Coseley, Upper Ettingshall Road and Ettingshall Road still remain, their names reflecting the upper and lower parts of the extensive village.
Ettingshall ward stretches between the city centre and Bilston, bordering the East Park, Bilston North, Bilston East, Spring Vale, Blakenhall and St Peter's wards. As well as Ettingshall, it covers the inner city area of All Saints. It forms part of the Wolverhampton South East constituency.