The redevelopment of Mosslake Fields, a stretch of boggy ground to the east of the city, was first planned in 1800. The Senior Surveyor to the Corporation of Liverpool, John Foster Senior (1758-1827) drew up the original plan but building work did not begin until 1819. The full enclosure of the square was completed in 1831 by St Catherine's church by his son John Foster Junior (1787-1846). This church was bomb damaged in World War 2 and demolished for the Senate House building. Pevsner credits the pavilion in the centre of the square to the Foster senior, the pavilion design conceals a shed for the storage of gardening tools.
Sources: Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool by Joseph Sharples, The Illustrated History of Liverpool's Suburbs by David Lewis & Wikipedia
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