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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Benjamin Leonard hasn’t spoken to anyone in ten years professor; what makes you think he will talk now?’

“Because my colleague knows him.’

“I see; can I ask the purpose of this interview?’

“We think there are grounds for a mistrial if we can just prove what made Benjamin kill his parents that evening.’

“You can try and interview him said Doctor Oswald but I don’t think that you will get anything out of him.’ he has locked himself away in his own little cocoon.’

“Could we see him later this afternoon?’

“I don’t see why not.’

Good we will be will you as soon as possible.’

“Where is Benjamin being held?’

They had him in Medomsley an institute for young offenders, then moved to Strangeway’s’ in Manchester then finally to Durham Jail.

“If you don’t mind we will take my car and I will explain some of the rules to you along the way Martha. You have to put out of your head the boy that you knew then. He has changed so much since then. I saw him about three years ago Martha and I saw a marked change in him. He has lost so much weight. Martha put her hand over her mouth in shock.

“If he stays in prison he will die professor we must get him moved to a psychiatric hospital where we can treat him properly. I mean do these people have any idea how to deal with patients like Ben.

“They are trained nurses from the PRT (prison reform service)

They may not have the qualifications to deal with mental disabilities though professor.’ “Is not Ben’s case a complex one?’

“We evaluate each case and it is given merit by the CPS (crown prosecution service)

“So basically no matter how severe that case maybe is down to some jobs worthy who sit in an office all day pushing a pen.’

“That’s about the size of it Martha.’ Edward Drain pulled off the motorway and headed for the city centre and headed for the Old Elvet.

There were a lot of pit cottages then further on houses that had been built to house the prison wardens. Outside the prison were a bowling green and a blacksmiths shop.

They entered the prison via an iron gate and were led through to the reception room where their documents and person was searched before being allowed into the main wing of the prison. Martha got a shock when she gazed upon the prison walls with barbed wire. There were four large buildings designed to hold prisoners charged with various crimes, from theft, armed robbery, to murder.

The prisoners all whistled from balcony on there wings as Martha was led down a set of steps below the main floor where Ben and other prisoners like him were being housed. Professor Drain carried his portable reel to reel recorder.


All the walls were painted light blue and the cell doors dark blue. They walked along the corridor to screams and fits of hysteria. The warden stopped outside a cell and then opened the door. Immediately the smell of stale sweat, urine, and faeces hit her nostrils.’

Sitting in the corner of the room with his back towards the wall was Ben; his hair was caked with his own dirt and his hands and feet filthy.

“Oh Ben what have they done to you; she began to cry.

“I did warn you Martha said the professor.’

“Can we get him cleaned up and then put into an interview room?’

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