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owes its origin. It is on the south side of , and contains acres of ground. The houses by which it is surrounded, are, though not uniform, extremely magnificent. The fronts are built partly of stone, but some are of brick and stone, and others of rubbed brick, with only their quoins, facios, windows, and door-cases of stone.
In the centre is a spacious garden, laid out by Kent. The disposition of the walks, and the distribution of the shrubs and trees, are pleasing, and have a picturesque effect in every point of view. In the centre was, until lately, a gilt equestrian statue of George I. This statue was made by Van Nost, and was erected by sir Richard
Grosvenor in the year , near the redoubt called Oliver's Mount. Some villains in the ensuing March dismembered it in the most shameful manner, and affixed a traitorous paper to the pedestal.
In the year , the centre house, on the east side of this square was raffled for, and won by persons named Hunt and Braithwaite. The possessor valued it at ; but the winners sold it months afterwards for to the duke of Norfolk. The house was built by Mr. Simmons, on ground held by sir Richard Grosvenor for years from , at a ground rent of per annum.
It has already been remarked, that the houses in this square are of various kinds of architecture but those on the east side are of a regular and uniform plan, and greatly superior in effect to the others, though some of the houses on the north side may be more superb.
extends eastward from the square into , and consists of a great number of excellent houses, the majority of which are inhabited by titled persons and affluent families.
According to Maitland, at the south-east angle of , was a ducking pond
 Mal. Lond. ut sup.This statue and the one in Berkeley square have been taken away, and not replaced; for what purpose it is impossible to say. There are few statues in the metropolis. and therefore it is to be regretted that any should be taken away, as the two above have been, apparently without any cogent reason or excuse.
 Gent. Mag. 1739.