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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in St. Mary in the Marsh, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0137 / 51°0'49"N

Longitude: 0.9425 / 0°56'32"E

OS Eastings: 606494

OS Northings: 127929

OS Grid: TR064279

Mapcode National: GBR SZV.C37

Mapcode Global: FRA D6VF.QYX

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Location: St. Mary in the Marsh, Shepway, Kent, TN29

County: Kent

District: Shepway

Parish: St. Mary in the Marsh

Locality: St Mary in the Marsh

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Listing Date: 17 April 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506649

Source ID: 1393230

Listing Text

ST MARY IN THE MARSH

437/0/10004 K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK
17-APR-09

II
K6 telephone kiosk

DESCRIPTION: The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in the door and sides and with the crowns situated on the top panels being applied not perforated. There are rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow-curved roof. It has modernised internal equipment. The kiosk is in need of repainting (2009), and its white display signs are faded and discoloured.

The kiosk stands in a prominent location in the south west corner of this small village. It is situated in the car park of the Star Inn (Grade II), and stands approximately 50m to the south of the Church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade I). Partly owing to the lack of other buildings in the vicinity, the kiosk has a very strong visual relationship with both the pub and the church.

HISTORY: The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 for the General Post Office, on the occasion of King George V's Silver Jubilee. The K6 was a development from his earlier highly successful K2 telephone kiosk design of 1924, of Neo-classical inspiration. The K6 was more streamlined aesthetically, more compact and more cost-effective to mass produce. Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was one of the most important of modern British architects; his many celebrated commissions include the Anglican cathedral of Liverpool and Battersea power station. The K2 and K6 telephone kiosks can be said to represent a very thoughtful adaptation of architectural tradition to contemporary technological requirements. Well over 70,000 K6s were eventually produced. In the 1960s many were replaced with far plainer kiosk types. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The K6 telephone kiosk in St Mary in the Marsh, Shepway, Kent, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with two listed buildings
* It stands in close proximity to a Grade I listed building
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design
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