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.


9. 9

I’m glad you told us Chris, we were going to go there tonight.’

“Come on we will walk you down there as it can get quite scary down there at this time of night.’

The lads walked down the street with the girls all linking in they crossed the road onto Saville street where they saw a man coming towards them he was singing what sounded like “Second hand Rose” The lads all knew the tune and joined in with the old man who was slurring his words. Then a local Bobby came around the corner and told them all to be quiet.’

“Come on officler the man said.’ Come and sling wi us.’

“It’s after twelve said the young policeman it’s time you were all tucked up in bed, now off you go now.’

“Gudnight officler said the drunk as he made his way along the street totally oblivious. He must have had some kind of homing device in his head and he followed it on total instinct.

“Now said the policeman where are you going?’

“We are just escorting these girls back to their digs officer.’

“Where would that be then?

“The Golden Fleece said Steve.’

“Good lads; make sure they go straight there mind you. Young girls shouldn’t be out as late as this.’

“You’re from Queen Street aren’t you?’

“Aye officer, we’ve been to Whitley bay.’

“Looks like you’ve had a good night anyway.’

“Alright then don’t be keeping these young ladies up half the night.’

“Thank you officer goodnight to you.’

The policeman carried on walking along the street, checking shop doors as he walked along.

Tom turned the corner of the Alnwick Castle public house then walked down the bank with the girls.’

“So what are you all doing tomorrow night?’

Well we will be fishing early tomorrow said the lads but we will be back around four o’clock. By the time we have a bath and get ourselves ready it will be around six thirty

“Would you like to come to the pictures with us tomorrow like asked Chris?’

“Why not, there’s nothing else doing is there.’

“Good we will meet you outside of the train station then.’

They reached the Golden Fleece Hotel and they each gave the lads a kiss before turning and giving them a wave as they walked along the quayside then up the flight of stairs.

A huge rat scurried along then went down a hole in the grass as the lads began to scale the seemingly endless flights. Looking down Tom saw how far they had come. The stairs led them onto Dockwray Square then onto Charlotte Street and it was only a short walk from there to Queen Street.’

“Well I think we did alright tonight said Chris as he crossed the road.’

“Well you be careful now you here said Steve to Chris.’

“Okay Snapper said Chris calling him by his nickname.’

“See you down on the quayside at 6’oclock said Tom as he pulled the key from his letterbox and opened the door and went into the house.



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