The architect Frederick Foster was in partnership with Walter Sharp and together they were responsible for the design of the buildings at Agecroft. Very little is known about Fred Foster at the present time but what we do know is that Foster was born in Manchester in 1850/51. In the 1891 census he was living with his family at 59 Withington Road, Chorlton where his occupation is recorded as architect’s assistant and lay reader in the Church of England. Foster’s wife Amelia Geake was also born in Manchester around 1848. Frederick and Amelia married in 1873 and had 8 children. During the early years of their marriage they live in Sale but later moved back to Manchester. Son Fred jnr, born in 1889, became a draughtsman and mill architect. Frederick Foster snr died in 1904 aged 53 very soon after the opening of the Northern Cemetery at Agecroft.