The hill has usually been accepted as the place mentioned in an entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for 835 (corrected by scholars to 838) which says that Egbert king of the West Saxons defeated an army of Vikings and Cornish at Hengestdun = "Stallion Hill". In 2007, however, Craig Weatherhill claimed that Hingston Down near Moretonhampstead in Devon was a more likely location because the border with Wessex was still further to the East, beyond Exeter, and that the Danes took a route North-East across Dartmoor from their supposed landing place at Plymouth.
The Hingston Downs Consols mine on the hill is the type locality for the mineral Arthurite, which was discovered here. There is also a quarry on the hill, which forms the Hingston Down Quarry & Consols SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), noted for its mineralisation.
- See, for example: Higham, Robert (2008). Making Anglo-Saxon Devon. Exeter: The Mint Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-903356-57-9.
- Craig Weatherhill in Cornish World Magazine, Oct 2007. Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Hingston Down Consols, Gunnislake Area, Callington District, Cornwall, England, UK
- Embrey, P. G.; Symes, R. F. (1987). "The mines and mining". Minerals of Cornwall and Devon. London: British Museum (Natural History). p. 58. ISBN 0-565-00989-3.
- Hingston Down Quarry, Gunnislake Area, Callington District, Cornwall, England, UK
- "Hingston Down Quarry & Consols". Natural England. 1995. Retrieved 1 November 2011.