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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of what it must have been like. Down a flight of stone steps the walls painted in white lime wash led to the dungeons and wine cellars. Father peter pointed out that the ovens used here were not the original ones used when the monks were here. There were huge fire places in nearly every room. All the bedrooms had wooden canopy type beds and carved oak furniture. They went into the church which was still in use. It had been restored and was used mainly as a film set and for weddings if you could afford the price.

Father Peter would go on Sunday morning with the ladies from the retreat to attend a service by the priest of St Mary’s Church would lead the local congregation.

There was a statue of St Mary the virgin which they all looked at.

The castle made money from tourism and Art tutorials. Outside There were the remnants of upturned old boats that had been made into sheds. They seemed to give the place character as they lay like over sized coffins along the dunes.

Peter could have spent the whole day going through the archives, books, and other artefacts depicting the history of the castle if he had had time.

Four hours had passed so quickly as Father Peter had taken them around. They walked back down the causeway as the wind became blustery. The tide was coming in very quickly and there was warning notices posted all down its length. The ladies put up their brollies as it began to rain; they fought to keep them from blowing inside out as they hurried along. Father Peter held out his large umbrella so that Iris could keep dry. They were even closer now than they were on the coach as they walked back. Iris could feel his nervousness as he made polite conversation. Once back at the retreat the young priest told them that dinner would be served at seven and that after that there would be a meditation hour followed by prayers. Anyone wanting spiritual guidance was to come and see him afterwards.

They made their way to their rooms to change and Iris noticed that Peter’s room was only two doors away from hers. She went inside and flopped down on the bed then removed her boots and woollen socks. It was quite warm in her room which surprised her.

She lay down quietly thinking about her life. Kelvin did not care for her she thought. She knew that something was wrong. They’d only had sex once since they got married and it was over so quickly she had no time to even enjoy it; afterwards Kelvin went down stairs and she never even heard him come back up.’

The next morning Kelvin was already up and fully clothed she wondered if he’d come back to bed or not. He had made himself a pot of tea and was eating a slice of toast when Iris went to kiss him he turned away from her.

I’m running late.’

“No you’re not its only ten past seven.’

“I have a train to catch Iris and a client to see he moaned, picking up his brief case he hurried out of the door without even as much as a goodbye.’

This was the pattern every day. At night he couldn’t bare to be alone with her so he would suggest they visit his mother or he drop her off at her parent’s house.

“When she confronted him about sleeping in the spare room he said that he had made a huge mistake and should not have got married. They could not divorce because they were both catholic’s, plus his parents would be shamed if they were to ask if they could divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. So now she was trapped in a loveless marriage.


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