A one-stop

unique gift shop


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FortyThree is no ordinary shop. Based on Fore Street, when you go into the shop, you will be served by one of the artisans whose work is on sale, and, each day of the week, it will be someone different.


FortyThree is uniquely established as a joint project. Fourteen locals crafts people and artists have joined forces. They each have their own work exhibited in the shop, and they each take their turn behind the counter. All the costs of the shop are shared.


Heather McNeilly, a stained glass artist and one of the founders of FortyThree explains "All the work in FortyThree is handmade and it is all made by local people. In fact, twelve us actually live within walking distance of the shop. This means that so much of what we make and have on sale is influenced by Ilfracombe. The local coast, countryside, and people are all reflected in the unique gifts we have on offer."


The colours of the coast depicted in beautiful glasswork


FortyThree recently made the move across the road on Fore Street into new, much larger premises. The shop space is large, light and spacious making a perfect area to display the wide range of gifts - tea towels, candles, bags, pictures, mirrors, cards, jewellery, snoods, coasters and many more items are all available. And no visit will ever be the same as the shelves are ever-changing with new items and ranges replacing those that are sold.


Once the Covid restrictions are lifted, there are hopes that the mezzanine floor will become a space to hold craft workshops.


Can you resist cream tea scented candles?


Since moving to the new premises, business has been booming with sales increasing each month. Heather has been heartened by the response to this unique shop, "we have been delighted with how many holiday-makers have found us and have bought mementoes of their time in Ilfracombe to take home with them but also locals have supported us too, many buying family gifts from us over the Christmas period."


You are welcome to browse at FortyThree and you will find so much to see.


FortyThree, on Fore Street, is open 10 to 5 every day (closing at 4pm on Sunday).


You will find a range of gift ideas to suit every budget and staff who are incredibly knowledgeable about the unique gifts available.


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