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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Tom thanked Craig and Helen and offered to pay them but they refused to take his money.’

If ever you come to North Shields look us up; here is my address and phone number; we will make you more than welcome.’

Craig shook hands with the burly farmer before he drove them back to the where the boat was moored.

They climbed down and Tom put another canister of diesel that he’d been given from Craig into the tank then handed it back to the farmer.

“We will catch you on the way back Craig.’

“We look forward to that; safe journey said the farmer as he got back into his tractor and drove away.

“What a nice man he is said Tom.’

“Not many like him and his wife I can tell you.’

I must admit that has got to be the best breakfasts I’ve ever eaten confessed Steve.’

Breakfast scorned Kerstin; that was breakfast lunch and dinner all rolled onto one plate what you ate.’

“Well I did tell them I was hungry.’

“That’s normal for him said Chris.’

Alright said Tom; that’s enough, lets get these sails up and try and make up some ground. Chris and Steve pulled on the ropes holding the mast then secured it with the bolts. They hoisted the sails and the wind caught and the boat surged forward through the water.

 

 

 

When Benny walked in both of his parents gave him a look of disgust.’

“What are these asked his mother as she threw the box of condoms across the table?’

“Have you been mooching around in my drawers mother you have no right.’

“We have every right, this is our home.’

“So who have you been having sex with?’

“That’s my business.’

“Whilst you live under my roof it is my business said his father.’

“Sit down and tell us who the girl is.’

“It’s Martha Jones over the road and we haven’t done anything wrong.’

“Billy Jones’ daughter?’

Yes it is and I love her.’

“Love, you don’t know the meaning of the word; these people don’t even go to church said his mother.’

“What has that got to do with the way I feel mother.’

You are not to see this girl again do you here me.’

“You cannot stop me; I will see her regardless of what you say. Jackie stood up and slapped the boy over the face then took off his belt and began to lace the boy with it.

“Do not disrespect me boy.’ “When I say you are not to see this girl again I mean just that do you understand.’

Benny nodded in-between sobs.

“Connie put on your coat we are going over there to see this girls parents we’ll put a stop to this right now.’

No don’t father please I promise I won’t see her again.

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