The burning of Suttons, Cork in 1963

Suttons, South Mall, Cork

The offices of Suttons Coal Company burned down in 1963, long before I was born but I think my Dad might have been working there at the time. The beautiful Victorian red brick building was demolished and replaced with an ugly modern building of the 1960s that is now called Gardner House.

These photos are some of my first glimpses at what the original building looked like. I wonder if anyone has photographs of the construction of the new building? Did Suttons employees all relocate to the coal yard in Monahan Road during construction?

All photos come from The Cork City Fire Brigade Social Club. I don’t know who took them unfortunately.

Note: While researching this post I came across this wonderfule PDF that goes over the architecture of the city in the 20th century although they do get the date of the Suttons fire wrong. I had no idea there was a Swiss Roll factory on MacCurtain Street!

4 Replies to “The burning of Suttons, Cork in 1963”

  1. I am from Cork now living in London and this fire was 15 years before I was born but I am always interested in the geographical history of the city.
    Fair play to you for finding out about this fire and locating the photos.

  2. Regarding the “Swiss roll factory”, Thompsons bakery was on MacCurtain Street. They made not just Swiss rolls. Of course bread, but I remember their cakes so well, Russian logs, eclairs, trifles. My granduncle, Jack Duggan, used to deliver to shops. If I was lucky to meet him on his rounds, he’d give me the real prize, the BATTENBURG! With the thick chocolate. I doubt it ever made it home without being picked.

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