Leicester Square. Formerly the open space in the centre of this square was a well tended ground, its trees and greenery affording admirable shelter for duellists. With the decline of the neighborhood the square depreciated, and until 1851 was used as dumping ground for rubbish! the present appearance is due to Albert Grant, who had the place cleared and properly laid out at his own /personal expense. Hogarth and Reynolds once lived in Leicester Square.