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Clerk of works and architect, active in Cos. Fermanagh and Monaghan in the 1830s and 1840s. According to Mulligan, there is evidence that from as early as 1831 George Sudden was employed as a clerk of works by Evelyn John Shirley, of Lough Fea, Co. Monaghan, with a yearly salary and a farm on the estate.(1) In 1837 John Creighton of Crom Castle, Co. Fermanagh, contracted for the building of a linen hall at Lisnaskea to Sudden's design(2) and three years later, when Crom Castle, newly completed to designs by EDWARD BLORE , was destroyed by fire, he appointed Sudden to rebuild the house to Blore's specifications.(3) Sudden also designed the Fever Hospital at Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan in 1841.(4) In partnership with WILLIAM WALKER he carried out the great hall at Lough Fea, originally provided for by THOMAS RICKMAN , but only begun in 1841 after Rickman's death.(5)
(1) Kevin V. Mulligan, 'The Hall at Lough Fea, county Monaghan' in William Laffan, ed., Painting Ireland: topographical views from Glin Castle (Tralee, 2006), 159-161(illus.). Both Rowan and Jackson-Stops, see note 3, below, say that Sudden came from Dublin..
(2) C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 82.
(3) Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 223-4; Gervase Jackson-Stops, 'Crom Castle, Co. Fermanagh - II', Country Life183, 26 May 1988, 146. Terence Reeves-Smyth has suggested Sudden as a candidate for the design of Crom church (see PRONI e-catalogue, http://applications.proni.gov.uk/LL_DCAL_PRONI_ECATNI/ResultDetails.aspx, last visited, Nov 2011.
(4) J.P. Lawson, Gazetteer of Ireland (1842), 210.
(5) See note 1, above.
7 work entries listed in chronological order for SUDDEN, GEORGE
|Building:||CO. CAVAN, CASTLE SAUNDERSON (BELTURBET)|
|Nature:||Remodelling of Late Georgian house by GS, 1835ca; '...stopped an hour or two with Saunderson at Castle Saunderson...He is altering and castellating his house, so I was quite in my element' (letter from Nathaniel Clements to Lady Leitrim, 12 Dec 1835).
A.P.W. Malcomson, The Clements Archive (Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2010), 394; Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 228-9, Pl.94.
|Building:||CO. FERMANAGH, LISNASKEA, LINEN HALL|
|Nature:||John Creighton (later 3rd Earl of Erne) entered contract 1837 with Patrick Sharkey to build Linen Hall 'agreeably and conformably in all respects to drawings prepared and signed by George Sudden'. (Building identified as Cornmarket of 1841 by Rowan.)|
|Refs:||C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 82|
|Building:||CO. CAVAN, CLOVERHILL HOUSE|
|Nature:||North Lodge 'usually attributed to Edward Blore, though George Sudden may equally be a contender' (Mulligan).|
|Refs:||Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 285-6.|
|Building:||CO. MONAGHAN, CARRICKMACROSS, FEVER HOSPITAL|
|Nature:||Built from design by George Sudden.|
J.P. Lawson, Gazetteer of Ireland (1842), 210; Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 221.
|Building:||CO. MONAGHAN, LOUGH FEA HOUSE|
|Nature:||Planning and execution of great hall with William Walker, for Evelyn George Shirley. Tudor-style lodges probably also by Walker and Sudden (Mulligan, 2013).
|Refs:||Kevin V. Mulligan, 'The Hall at Lough Fea, County Monaghan' in William Laffan, ed., Painting Ireland: topographical views from Glin Castle (Tralee, 2006), 159-162; Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 412-3,416.|
|Building:||CO. FERMANAGH, CROM CASTLE (NEWTOWNBUTLER)|
|Nature:||Sudden commissioned by Col. John Creighton, afterwards 3rd Earl of Erne, to rebuild house after fire of 1841 using Blore's specifications. Builder: Charles McGibbon, Edinburgh. Rowan atributes boat house in demesne, to GS but given to Blore and dated 1841 in National Trust leaflet on estate.|
|Refs:||Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 223; Gervase Jackson-Stops, 'Crom Castle, Co. Fermanagh - II', Country Life183, 26 May 1988, 146.|
|Building:||CO. CAVAN, CASTLESAUNDERSON, CHURCH (CI)|
|Nature:||'In existence in 1937, and possibly the rebuilding or remodelling of an older structure, the design almost certainly by George Sudden.' (Mulligan)
Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 228-9.