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K6 Telephone Kiosk Facing Nos 1 and 3 (The Royal Saracen's Head Public House)

A Grade II Listed Building in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6014 / 51°36'4"N

Longitude: -0.6363 / 0°38'10"W

OS Eastings: 494541

OS Northings: 190051

OS Grid: SU945900

Mapcode National: GBR F70.FYF

Mapcode Global: VHFSV.X0GQ

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk Facing Nos 1 and 3 (The Royal Saracen's Head Public House)

Listing Date: 2 June 1988

Last Amended: 9 October 2006

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1124996

English Heritage Legacy ID: 44364

Location: Beaconsfield, South Bucks, Buckinghamshire, HP9

County: Buckinghamshire

District: South Bucks

Civil Parish: Beaconsfield

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Beaconsfield

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

BEACONSFIELD

411/14/150 WINDSOR END
02-JUN-88 (East side)
K6 telephone kiosk facing Nos 1 and 3
(the Royal Saracen's Head Public House)

(Formerly listed as:
WINDSOR END
K6 Telephone Kiosk adjoining Beaconsfi
eld Magistrates Court (not included))

II
BUILDING: K6 telephone box

DATE: The K6 was designed in 1935; the date of this example is not known.

ARCHITECT: Giles Gilbert Scott

MATERIALS: Cast iron, glass

EXTERIOR: The K6 kiosk was a development on Scott's 1924 K2 design. It has a glazed door and sides beneath a domical roof; there are narrow panes on either side of the horizontal glazing. In the segmental upper structure on each side is a relief crown, placed above a glazed panel bearing the word TELEPHONE.

HISTORY: This type K6 telephone kiosk was listed on 2nd June 1988. Its list address was as follows: 'K6 Telephone Kiosk adjoining Beaconsfield Magistrates Court (not included)'. As part of an Environmental Improvement project that was completed in May 2005, South Bucks District Council removed some modern glass telephone kiosks from within the Beaconsfield Conservation Area, and replaced them with this K6 telephone kiosk. This K6 telephone kiosk was moved under listed building consent from its location outside the Beaconsfield Magistrate's Court in Windsor End, to a site further to the north on Windsor End, on a newly paved area outside numbers 1 and 3 (the Royal Saracen's Head Public House), Windsor End, Beaconsfield.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: The archetypal K6 telephone kiosk was designed by the eminent architect Giles Gilbert Scott (of Battersea Power Station and Liverpool Cathedral fame) in 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, and was a development on Scott's 1924 K2 design. The K6 kiosk is made of cast iron, with glazed door and sides beneath a domical roof; there are narrow panes on either side of the horizontal glazing. In the segmental upper structure on each side is a relief crown, placed above a glazed panel bearing the word TELEPHONE. Generally painted red, the Neoclassical design, influenced by the work of the Regency architect Sir John Soane, is of special architectural interest for the quality of the architectural design as applied to an industrially produced object of mass communication. Some 70,000 K6s were ultimately produced.

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