NOTE: Tottington was known as Tottington-Lower-End before it became an urban district in 1894. (References to Tottington-Lower-End have been redirected here.)
Prior to 1974 Tottington was in Lancashire where its early history is marked by its status as an important Medieval fee, a type of Royal Manor which encompassed several townships. This Royal Manor of Tottington stretched from Musbury and Cowpe with Lench in the north to Affetside in the west and Walshaw in the south west. During this time, the individual township Tottington was an agricultural settlement, with open farmland and hunting ground where deer and wild boar were once hunted.
Tottington was an urban district from 1899 until 1974. Since 1974, as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, Tottington has formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, within Greater Manchester.