Wheal Ayr

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Wheal Ayr (also known as Wheal George and St Ives East Consols) was sited above the Stennack Valley on its northern side.

The mine produced copper and tin

By 1860 the mine was operating as St Ives East Consols.

There are no records of its production.

In 1838, while inspecting Wheal Ayr, Captain Charles Thomas discovered that water had moved from the mine's shallow adit to its deep adit, disrupting the water supply to St Ia's Well. The miners were persuaded to abandon the mine and Thomas diverted the water back to its original channel.

In 1844 when St Ives' water supply was modernised, Wheal Ayr was able to re-open.

Wheal Ayr has been responsible for more recent problems. In 2004 the houses at Wheal Ayr Terrace had to be demolished due to subsidence caused by the mine. The ground was stabilised and the houses rebuilt allowing the residents to return to their new homes.

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