Hilton was the site of the Holly Bank mine, which was started in 1922. It was the first colliery in South Staffordshire to be run solely on electricity - marking a new era in local mining. The huge power station was said to be without equal in the Midlands coalfields and its electrical equipment was described as "the latest word."
In 1924 the Hilton Main Colliery was opened and the two were linked together but production at Holly Bank declined due to geological faults and production ceased in 1952. Hilton Main closed in 1969.