Tottington Higher End, Lancashire Genealogy

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Stubbins St Philip contributor Alexander P Kapp

Chapelry History

Tottington was created a chapel of ease in 1802 from Bury St Mary, Lancashire Ancient Parish. The mother church for Tottington, Lancashire dates from this period.

Other places in the parish include: Foe Bank, Tottington Lower End, Tottington Higher End, and Foebank.

The name derives from the old English for "Tota's people's village".
Tottington was originally part of the larger Royal Manor of Tottington which stretched from Musbury and Cowpe with Lench in the north to Affetside in the west and Walshaw in the south.

Tottington is a town in Bury, within the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester, England.

The more modern ecclesiastical parish of St Philip, Chatterton Road,Stubbins was created from a former school room in 1927.

TOTTINGTON-HIGHER-END, a township in Bury parish, Lancashire; on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 3 miles S of Haslingden. It contains the r. stations of Stubbins and Erwood-Bridge, the village of Edenfield, and several hamlets. Acres, 3,686. Real property, £13,330; of which £422 are in quarries, and £24 in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2,958; in 1861, 3,726. Houses, 699. There are a large factory, print-works, a paper-mill, and a Primitive Methodist chapel.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 306924.

Poor Law Unions

Haslingden, Lancashire Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)