The General Gordon was situated at The Werps, a lost village near to
Thomas Beard was its landlord, as well as a bargeowner, until his death in
1902, aged 84. During Beard's time there, the pub was known to have a Quoits
Alley thought to be popular with the English quits champion. The next
landlord was to be Mr G. Stephan, who’s little daughter, met with tragedy at
the General Gordon Inn one Monday morning in November 1904. During the
momentary absence of the mother, the child’s clothing caught fire, and she
died from the effects of the burns and shock. This wasn’t the only tragedy
to strike the General Gordon though. In 1937 Charles Herbert Morris, a
County Council roadman, aged 52, was killed in a road accident in Madeley.
In an extract from the Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, 1937,
his address was stated as the "General Gordon (formerly a licensed house),
Werps Road", indicating that The General Gordon had ceased to be a pub
before this 1937 accident. Previously known as The Werps Inn.