8-9 Shooters Hill Cowes - who lived here before it was Tonino's?
This is 8-9 Shooters Hill, West Cowes, now running as an Italian restaurant – Toninos.
Many of the original buildings of Shooters Hill date back hundreds of years.
Back in the mid 1800s, nos 8 & 9 held two separate businesses: David M Corke, a pilot at no9 & Nicolas Moth, a plumber at no8.
By the late 1800s George Adolphus Wyatt set up from both premises as an upholsterer and the business continued under his son (GA Junior), grandson Ernest Sharman Wyatt, and great grandson Reginald Adolphus Sharman Wyatt for around 50 years.
George senior had previously worked from premises in Medina Road and Birmingham Road as a builder and cabinet maker, his wife had died young (46yrs) leaving him with ten children to bring up.
Under George Junior’s leadership, the business sold ‘reliable furniture, carpets, rugs, linoleums, paper hangings and blinds of all descriptions’. In 1887 they boasted over 40,000 French and English Paper-Hangings in stock for selection. In the 1950s, the business became Morgans Furnishers and continued to sell linos and blinds.
From 1979 onwards 8&9 has been occupied by Toninos, an Italian restaurant.
Please read more about the history of Cowes buildings with more illustrations on our page Cowes History.