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West Midlands: Three things you wanted to know

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People have been using Your Questions to ask us what they want to know about the West Midlands.

You wanted to know if a village existed at Ironbridge before the famous structure was built over the river.

You were curious to know if the Staffordshire oatcake was eaten outside of the county and if so, how far the local delicacy had travelled.

And you asked about Shakespeare's birthday celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon. Here is how we got on with answering your questions.


Did a village exist at Ironbridge before the iron bridge was built?

There was a community before the bridge and it was called Coalbrookdale - a name which still describes the area a little further along the gorge.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust told us the location was chosen because land there was stable enough to support a bridge ands high enough for boats to pass underneath.

Image caption The village was named after the iron structure which became a symbol of the industrial revolution

Why are Staffordshire oatcakes being eaten in Arizona?

It's like a pancake, but not a pancake. It's definitely not a biscuit like its Scottish cousin.

The Staffordshire oatcake is a unique delicacy people in the county will at times talk about for a long, long time.

Image copyright Larraine Eastwood/BBC
Image caption Larraine Eastwood has taken the oatcake to Canada

It's made from a recipe typically including oatmeal and yeast and turns out looking rather like a dirty flannel.

But don't let that put you off. People in the Potteries love them.

They've sent us questions about their history and appeal and told us how they've taken their oatcakes across the world.


Where can I see BBC's coverage of Shakespeare's birthday celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon?

Thousands of people turned out to this artistic event on Saturday. BBC Midlands Today's Lindsay Doyle was there and you can watch her report here.

BBC News Online reader James Willets sent in these scenes and made his own video of the day.

"It covers the journey of the quill, representing Shakespeare's legacy, from his birthplace to the chancel of Holy Trinity Church," said Mr Willets.

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Image caption BBC News Online reader James Willets captured Shakespeare played by Paul Workman and other scenes along the journey of the quill

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