K6 telephone kiosk designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935
Reason for Listing
The K6 telephone kiosk in Badby is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
*Design: it is an iconic C20 industrial design by Giles Gilbert Scott
*Group Value: it is clearly visible from three Grade II listed buildings
*Context: it is situated in front of the late C19/ early C20 red-brick post office with which it has an important contextual relationship
The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by Sir 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. Sir 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.
The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in 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 paint on the kiosk has faded but it retains all its glass panes. It is clearly visible from three Grade II listed buildings nearby, namely Park House, The Cottage and Wayside. It is also situated in front of the late C19/ early C20 red-brick post office (unlisted) with which it has an important contextual relationship.
Source: English Heritage
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