A total of nine archaeological test pits were excavated in March 2015 in Hillington, the first to be excavated in the village. These were dug by 34 Year 9 students from Springwood High School, Thomas Clarkson Academy and the King Edward VII School and were sited in the south of the village between the church and the A148.
Three test pits surrounding the church yeilded Late Bronze Age pottery and hints at the presence of occupation on site at that time and only one test pit site yielded evidence for Romano-British activity (HIL/15/9), although it is not known yet if these represent in-situ activty as it was found on a recently developed site. Evidence of Middle Anglo Saxon activity was identifed from a garden flowerbed adjacent to where HIL/15/3 was excavated and not from the test pit itself but does suggest that the core of the original village may have been just north of the church. Six of the test pits yeilded Late Anglo Saxon activity and suggests quite extensive settlement at that time with a definate focus around the church, but also extending to the north and west that also continued through the high medieval period. No test pits however yielded late medieval activity suggesting a vast collapse of the settlement during the 14th century, due to a variety of socio-economic factors including most probably the Black Death. The village started to recover during the post meideval and was a significant settlement during the 19th century for the new railway network to have a station in the village.