Hideko Fell in Love with City's Medieval Past; HISTORY: Japanese Visitor Compiled Tribute to Old Buildings

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Byline: By Alan Harris

A JAPANESE woman visiting Coventry became so fascinated with the city's old buildings that she was inspired to write about them.

Hideko Okamoto, who lives in Hiroshima, spent a year in Coventry while her husband was undertaking a research fellowship at Warwick University.

During her stay, the mum-oftwo picked up a book called Sent To Coventry at a library - and the famous phrase led her to write her own tribute.

The 52-year-old wrote Send Me To Coventry, a dissertation based on her research of the city's medieval history, its old buildings and sites of interest.

Hideko, who returned to Japan in July, said: "I was fascinated by the old buildings and lanes and I became curious what they were.

"I was surprised to know that Coventry has such a splendid medieval history and impressed that some old buildings are still in use."

Send Me To Coventry includes photographs and historical information on buildings such as Coventry Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, St Mary's Priory, St John's Church, Spon Street, the old town wall, Lady Herbert's Garden, the Whitefriars monastery and Ford's Hospital.

Hideko and her professor husband were shown around Coventry by Rotarian John Hartley and his wife, Margaret, of Mary Herbert Street, Cheylesmore. …