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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Jeffery Worthington had been released from hospital; he was sent to Wetherby open prison His shattered jaw and eye socket had healed and he didn’t look as hideous as he had done. His reproductive system was another matter, his penis looked and felt strange; it was considerably larger than what he had but he would never again achieve an erection or produce sperm. Sex was completely out of the question as he had no feeling in that area of his body. He wondered around the exercise yard and was totally oblivious to the other prisoners. A letter from the Secretary of State was given to the Governor of the prison who stated that in light of what had happened to Jeffery Worthington he was now considered to be no threat to society. Therefore he would be released after serving two years of his sentence.

The parents of the three boys that he had assaulted made a protest and a petition was sent in but the decision stood.

“Six months from now and Jeffery Worthington would be a free man.

Jeffery wrote to the courts asking if he could return to his chosen profession; stating that that judgement was unfair and that they had taken away his right to work.

In the court of appeal his case was heard by Barry Heming’s; who unbeknown to anyone else was himself a practicing homosexual.

He looked at the case and concluded that every man had the right to work. Jeffery Worthington has been punished enough. He therefore shall upon his release be able to practice law.

There was a sense of relief on Jeffery’s face when the letter came through. He would have to sell his home and move to another area where no one knew him or of his past.

He told his colleague Kelvin about the verdict and advised him to write to Mr Barry Heming’s regarding his case.

He said that they could set up their own practice in Leeds. Jeffery said that he would set up the new law firm and find them somewhere to live where they could start a fresh together.  

Kelvin was unaware that Jeffery could no longer have sex in the way that they used to but they would get around that barrier somehow. He still loved Jeffery and wanted to be with him. Nathan Peters had been very kind to him after the attack on his friend and lover. In turn Kelvin had helped him along with his degree. In fact Kelvin had asked if Nathan could join them in the new law firm that Jeffery was about to set up. Nathan was studying in a specialised subject and because of his colour would be accepted by the majority of black people seeking help with authorities. It could be very beneficial in Leeds, said Kelvin to Jeffery. The population were mostly Asian or of ethnic origin. Jeffery wrote back telling him that there would indeed be a place for him if he was prepared to move to a new area. Kelvin waited for three months before the letter from Barry Heming’s went in his favour. As the weeks and months passed

Jeffery prepared himself for the outside world. It was now July 1924 He gathered up his belongings into a cardboard box and he put on his suit that he’d never worn in two years. Jeffery had lost weight alright and he had to make several notches in the belt so that his trousers would stay up. His chest measurement had shrunk too and the jacket hung on him; he felt like a boy in a man’s suit as he walked to the double gate. The officer opened one side and he was let out. He was free two years, one month, seven hours and twenty minutes. He waited for a taxi to arrive and when it did he got in and asked the driver to take him to the train station. It was there that he purchased a ticket to Leeds. He sat in the station drinking a cup of coffee, enjoying the taste of freedom.

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