A Place Beyond The Priory

 "A Place Beyond the Priory " This is a story about Life in North Shields during the 1900's-1920's Tom Farrow is a third generation coble fisherman, Who meets and falls in love with a young herring girl who has travelled from the isle of Barra in the outer Hebrides looking for work. Margaret Linnie, her two friends Kerstin McDonald and Beth Munro all end up on the gutting line in Tyne Brand - their unscrupulous foreman Albert Mortimer treats all the girls on the line like animals including his wife Lizzie who bares him 11 children. forced into a marriage she did not want, Lizzie is abused by Albert for his own sexual gratification. She was in love with a young Greek boy called Leonidas Kostalas whom she had known from her days at school and lost her virginity to but her father will not allow them to marry- this is a story of love and betrayal and will keep you riveted until the last page is read.

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I want you to explain to me in your own words what happened that evening when I left you from the Dene the first time we went there.’

The professor switched on a reel to reel tape recorder as Martha began to ask Ben questions.

At first Ben was none compliant then his voice croaked as he began to speak.

His first words to her were why she hadn’t come to see him before now.

“I didn’t know where you were Ben; “listen we haven’t a lot of time; I am going to act as your solicitor and hopefully we can get you out of here.

“What makes you so sure you can get me out of here?’

Because there has to be more to what happened that night to what you are actually telling us.

“What do you want to know; how my father raped me whilst my mother looked on and never did a thing.’

“How many times did he rape you Ben?’

“It started when I was five he used to get me to touch him you know.’

“On his penis Ben?’

Ben nodded.

“You have to tell us for the tape Ben?’

Yes, he made me touch his penis.

Then what else did he make you do.

“I had to suck it until he came in my mouth.’

“Did he ever penetrate you?’

“Yes he did.’

“How old were you then?’

“I will always remember said Ben softly; it was on my sixth birthday. My mother had made a cake and I had a few of my school friends their. Can you remember Martha?

“Yes you blew out the candles and then your father took you to his room to show you a present that he’d bought you.’

“Yes, that’s right he’d bought me a bike but to get it I had to let him do something to me.

He stuck his thing in me until I cried but he would not stop. I was begging him over and over but he carried on. After that he’d come to my room after my mother was asleep and do it.

“How often was this taking place Ben?

About three times a week. He did it to my mother too and she seemed to like it.’

My father said that by doing it to me he was showing his love for me.’

Did you tell anyone about it?’

“No I was too ashamed.’

“Was it still going on when you and I got together?’

“Yes, but I couldn’t tell you either; because I was afraid you would have stopped seeing me.’

Has anyone else raped you other than your father?’

“Yes, when I was a Medomsley.’

“You were raped by other inmates Ben?’

“Yes by the inmates and the guards too.’

“How often was that going on?

“Six years.’

“When you were transferred to here; has anyone abused you here?’

Ben looked up at the door to see the warden staring at him.’

He shook his head and went defensive again.’

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