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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“Sounds like a good idea.’

“It’s a good job that your son heard you voice because we were about to go back in.’

The Icarus took them into the harbour then Tom, his son and the others helped pull the coble up the beach/ when it was at a safe distance the lifeboat crewmen left.

“Thanks lads; shouted Tom as they went back to the station.

Tom and Jack set about cutting the loose netting away from the propeller shaft then took all the fish and crabs to the top of the bank. They were going to go to market but one wet fish shop manger bought the lot for a good price.

“I can supply you every week if you would like said Tom,’ not one for missing out on a business opportunity.

“As long as your prices are fair we have a deal.’

Tom shook hands with the man who said he was called John Citrone. The man wasn’t tall but what a physique. He was a professional body builder and had won a Mr Universe title. He told them that he could blow up a hot water bottle like balloon and burst it.

The little Italian became very good friends with Tom and Jack over the years and put a lot of business his way.’

“Lets go home son I’m ready for my dinner.’

Good idea; we have guests from Barra father.’

Has grandpa and grandma come over.’

“No father, just my future wife.’




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