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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Darcy Farrow came to visit and it was Tom who told her of his forth coming marriage. “We are getting married on the isle of Barra in May next year. We leave at dawn tomorrow to go and visit her parents. We hope to be there by two o’clock if the weather holds.’

“I am so pleased for you both Tom; she is a lovely woman and clearly loves you.’

Winnie and Mollie are going to be so disappointed that they can’t be at your wedding.

They love their uncle you know. Mind you do spoil them so.’

Tom kissed his sister on the cheek; it wasn’t often that he saw Darcy with work so it was nice when he did. He gave her some money for herself and his nieces, not that she needed it, but Tom liked to spoil his sister too. He never forgot the time when she did everything after the death of both of their parents. The bond between them was very strong and would never be broken.

Edward came to pick her up with the children and they rushed in to see their uncle.

“My you grew taller each time I see you both. He swung them around in each of his huge arms then they gave him a kiss,

“Uncle Tom, when are you going to come to our house?’

As soon as it is too cold to go fishing I will come and see you both I promise.’

I have given your mother your pocket money that I have missed for several weeks so now you will be able to buy something nice with it.’

“Thank you Uncle Tom.’

Edward shook hands with Tom then ushered the children to the door. He wasn’t one for long visits; this was why Darcy came on the train with the children so they could stay longer.’

Once inside the car Tom and Margaret waved them off.

By 9 o’clock everyone had left and there was only the three women left who sat with Steve, Chris and himself. Everyone helped to clear the table and do the dishes. Most of the food had been eaten and all the whiskey drunk. The newly weds sat by the fireside in Toms house together when they had finished. “You don’t mind if Steve stays here with Kerstin do you love. “ I mean, I will sleep on the sofa if you wish.’

“I won’t here of it; this is your home Tom, we can share the same bed if that’s what you would like.’

“Only if you are alright about it Margaret.’

“I am; we will be married in a few months so what is the difference.’

The embers were dying in the grate before Steve led his new bride to their room and said goodnight. Chris asked if he could stay the night with Beth and Tom nodded.

They got up and went into his brother Jacks old room. “Are we going to bed asked Margaret?’

“Yes, do you want to go in first?’

“Whatever for Tom you’re not afraid to look at me are you?’

“No, I was thinking of your modesty.

She took Tom by the hand and they walked down the passage to the bedroom.

Margaret went in first.


Tom closed the door. Margret looked around the room at the pretty wallpaper on the walls and a cast iron bed that had brass knobs on each corner. A small wooden chest 

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