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K6 Telephone Kiosk, Farthingstone, Farthingstone

Description: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Farthingstone

Grade: II
Date Listed: 16 November 2011
English Heritage Building ID: 1403388

OS Grid Reference: SP6144255044
OS Grid Coordinates: 461442, 255044
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1902, -1.1026

Locality: Farthingstone
Local Authority: Daventry District Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN12 8EZ

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Listing Text


K6 telephone kiosk designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935.

Reason for Listing

* Design: it is an iconic C20 industrial design by Giles Gilbert Scott.
* Group Value: it has a strong visual relationship with two Grade II listed buildings.


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. It 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. The kiosk has modernised internal equipment. The red paint is flaking in some places but it has retained all its glass panes. The kiosk is located in front of Homedale House and is close to Field View, both Grade II listed, with which it has a strong visual relationship.

Source: English Heritage

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