"WILLINGTON is a parish, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, about five miles N.E. from Burton-upon-Trent, and about two N.W. from Repton. The river Trent and the Grand Trunk canal pass through the parish. The church is dedicated to St. Michael: the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the corporation of Etwall and Repton. Population of the parish, in 1821, 411, and in 1831, 402."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The parish is in south Derbyshire just 6 miles south of Derby city on the north bank of the River Trent. The parish covers almost 1,200 acres.
The railway came to Willington in 1838, but the line was closed in 1964. A new line, the Ivanhoe Line, came in 1990 to link the villae to Leicester and Burton-on-Trent, as well as the city of Derby.
The Mercia Marina is just north-east of the village off Findern Lane.