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K6 telephone kiosk, Braunston

A Grade II Listed Building in Braunston, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2919 / 52°17'30"N

Longitude: -1.2063 / 1°12'22"W

OS Eastings: 454231

OS Northings: 266273

OS Grid: SP542662

Mapcode National: GBR 8RM.7VT

Mapcode Global: VHCV5.1NNC

Entry Name: K6 telephone kiosk, Braunston

Listing Date: 16 November 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403287

Location: Braunston, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

Civil Parish: Braunston

Built-Up Area: Braunston

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Braunston All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary

K6 telephone kiosk designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935

Description

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. This K6 has modernised internal equipment and all of its glass panels have been replaced with polycarbonate. The telephone kiosk stands adjacent to Ash Tree House and near to 21 and 28 High Street, all listed at Grade II.

History

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.

Reasons for Listing

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

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