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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Instinct told him to move and when he did the pain in both his hands and legs returned.

“What ever had been placed into his mouth was now gone and he screamed in agony.’

It took an old lady that lived on the end of Lawson Street to come out to see what all the shouting was. Albert’s limp penis was still hanging out of his trousers as the old woman then saw all the blood.

“Help me, he pleaded as he cried like a baby.’

The old lady left him then went to the phone box and dialled 999.



 On the gutting line the next morning Christine wore her new white overall and made sure all the women started work on time.’

“Now, if anyone wants a toilet break you come and see me understood.’

“Yes, miss Robson.’

You will address me as Christine, I am no better than you. Just cos’ I wear this white coat doesn’t change nothing do you understand.’

“What about Mr Mortimer won’t he have something to say?’

“He has nothing to do with us now; I am in charge of all of the women in this factory and if he does say anything please let me know straight away and what ever you do, do not got into the warehouse alone; not for any reason do you hear me?’

“Yes Christine.’

“Good; now get on with it; I expect you to work harder for me because I’m being fair with you.’

“Plus you will see a rise in your wages if you do.’

“Do not take my kindness for weakness; as I will sack anyone who shirks believe me.’

Christine walked away and the girls were happy knowing they were all to get a rise.

Christine went around the whole factory telling the girls what she had told the herring girls.

She looked all round the factory and there was no sign of Albert Mortimer.

The phone rang in Malcolm Thewlis’s office he picked it up and answered.’

It was Lizzie Mortimer who rang her husband’s boss. She informed him that he was in Preston Hospital with serious injuries after an attack.

“I’m sorry to hear that Mrs Mortimer but how long do you think he likely to be off work?’

“The doctors say he will never walk again Mr Thewlis.’ The likelihood of him retuning to work is unclear. They are trying to save his shattered legs at the moment and he will need further surgery later on I am told.’

“Well thank you for informing me Mrs Mortimer. You can of course pick up your husbands wages.’

“Thank you.’


At the hospital Albert Mortimer’s suit was cut from his body he lay naked as the doctors looked at his shattered legs and hands. They had given him a high dose of morphine to dull the pain whilst he was sent to the x-ray department in the emergency room. Mr Gregory Wallace the top orthopaedic surgeon was called for. They would have to act quickly to save him. He had lost a lot of blood from his injuries when the broken bones pierced his skin. When the x-rays came back they revealed that both legs were un-repairable and that they would both have to be amputated above the knee.

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