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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feeling well. Charles made up the other beds and cleaned the bathrooms; before preparing the vegetables. Iris hadn’t come down to lunch so Charles just left her to rest.’


The ladies got back and went straight to their rooms to change.’

“Has Mrs Williamson been down today asked Father Peter?’

“No actually she hasn’t, but I bet she does tonight because we have pork chops on the menu. “ She must be hungry by now said Ailsa if she hasn’t eaten a thing since that ham sandwich yesterday lunch time poor girl.’

Peter went up stairs; he didn’t notice that her light was still on in her room. He changed his shirt and put on a pair of black trousers and his black shoes. He looked at the list of things that he had planned for this evening at the “Crown and Anchor which was the local club local pub. Father sat devising a quiz relating to all the places of interest that they had seen over their stay at the retreat. There would be a new leather bound bible for the winner. He copied ten answer sheets that they could put their names on. There was also a jackpot question which would win a bottle of mead for the correct answer or who was nearest to the answer.

It was nearly time for their evening meal. Peter brought down his brief case with some pencils and the papers for the answers to be written on. The light was fading now so he turned on his light before checking he had everything. He passed Iris’s room and saw that she had on her light he didn’t bother knocking as he didn’t want to be alone with her, instead he came down stairs.’

“Something smells good said Peter as he pulled out a chair at the dining table.’

One by one the other lady’s arrived. They took their seats as the soup was ladled into bowls. Fresh bread was put down on the table as Father Peter said grace.

Then the broke the bread buns and spread some butter on them.

“No Iris again I see said Ann Casper to Lilly Thewlis.’ Who was a right busy body?’


“She may be down for the main course said Eileen Featherstone.’

Have you enjoyed your stay said Father Peter to everyone.’

“Oh yes father and the food has been excellent.’

The bowls were removed by Ailsa and the main course was brought out.’

They passed the vegetable dishes around then poured on some homemade gravy.

There was a Yorkshire pudding each as well with homemade apple sauce.

“Now this is really nice said Audrey Watson as she cut into her pork chop which was tender.

“Only one thing missing said Ella Samson.’

“What would that be then asked Bethany Mole?’

“Pork crackling of course.’

“Yes, said Father Peter I do love some crackling with my pork at home. “You know my mother bought a pigs head and roasted it she made brawn, Galantine and we got to eat all the crackling. Ears, snout, and everything else, nothing got wasted.’

They were almost finished dinner when Ailsa came running down stairs; “Father I took a little something up to Mrs Williamson’s room but she does not seem to be answering and the door is locked from inside.’

“Come with me and bring a key with you please.’

Ailsa grabbed the spare room key from the board on the wall in reception then hurried back to where Father Peter was waiting. They walked up the stairs and when they got to Iris’s room Father Peter knocked on the door.’

“Mrs Williamson, its Father Peter may we come in?’

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