Architect Thomas Holmes built Hereford Square between 1845 and 1850 and the garden, with its iron railings, was completed in 1848 at a cost of £1,300. The square has retained its charm and the garden is full of trees and flowering shrubs, with very pleasant walks. Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, lived at 133 Gloucester Road on the east side of the square. Rumour has it that Peter flew in through the first-floor window to take the children to Never-Never Land. While the houses on the north side remain intact, those on the west have been restored. Bombs destroyed the south side in WW2, when US soldiers used the garden as a baseball ground.