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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When you are a fisherman or even a sailor there’s no sight like it in the world. The high and low lights stand out like giant beacons. It makes you feel proud of your town.


They looked on as the flocks of gulls followed them in. Both Chris and Steve hands were a blur as they gutted all the fish on board. The gulls dived in one after another for their share of the harvest from the deep. Nearer and nearer they got to the shore. They saw the Leda making its way out to sea as they passed the bar and made their way into port. They snaked their way past the Black Midden’s; a place that had been the graveyard of so many large ships over the centuries. The smugglers paradise it was called as Jingling Geordies Hole passed them on the shore. It was a place named after a man who led ships into the rocks with his lanterns, sea Captains thought that it was a lighthouse and ran aground. Hundreds of men drown and all of the cargo was washed up on The Middens. He was eventually captured and put into chains then finally hung. They say on a clear night you can hear the jingling of his chains along the coast. The monument to Lord Collingwood and his cannons that look out to sea now is another great landmark that captures the history of the North East. Tom turned the boat towards the shore as the familiar landing spot came into view.

Chris jumped out into the shallows then Steve they grabbed the ropes and pulled for all they were worth. Once onto the railway sleepers they could drag the boat up the beach. Tom got an iron wheeled trolley ready to put his catch onto then they would head to market. It took them twenty minutes to unload the catch then it was off to the gut to market where if they were lucky they would get the best price for it.’




The car pulled into the car park at Smith’s. The Green and white pavilions looked out onto four football pitches. The grounds were well cared for with extensive borders in the spring and summer. The shrubs and trees had she their leaves now as Jeffery Worthington looked around the park. He saw some children playing on the witch’s hat he walked up in his suit and pulled down the trilby so they couldn’t see his face.

He approached them with a large bag of butter toffees.

“Hello, have you seen a little girl with red ribbon’s in her hair?’

“No mister said the two boys as they clocked the bag of sweets in his hand.’

“I have these sweeties for her as well he said.’ Would you like one said Jeffery?’

“Yes please said Richard Storey, he jumped off the round about. He was like many around the estate. They both resembled something that had jumped off the back of a ragman’s barrow. They were street urchins. This was going to be easy he thought as he got himself excited and felt his member swelling in his trousers.’

The first boy took a sweet from the bag and opened it.’

“Can I have one too said Bobby Marlin?’

Yes of course you can Jeffery waited until the young boys were both chewing then said if you go into the toilets with me to look for my daughter I will give you all of these toffees.

“Will you, said Bobby.’

 “Yes, I promise said Jeffery.’

“Alright then it’s over here.’

“He allowed the two six year olds to show him where the toilets were. He had been in this park many times.’

Once the boys were at the toilets Jeffery shouted for Charlotte in the girl’s toilet.’

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