Long Eaton, Derbyshire, is the most southerly of a chain of market towns in the Erewash Valley near to the border with Nottinghamshire. It was dependent on the rail industry but this has now changed to light engineering.
Long Eaton is different to most towns in the area insofar as it has been built on flat land instead of the usual hilly areas of Derbyshire. This is because being the most southerly town in the Valley it is affected by the confluence of much larger rivers at Trent Lock.
The main Nottingham-Birmingham route (A453) passed through and this made it a busy place. With the coming of the motorways the A453 was diverted and passing trade lost.
It is an easy drive/rail journey into Nottingham which attracts many commuters. In fact Nottingham is the postal address.