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K6 Telephone Kiosk, Kilsby

A Grade II Listed Building in Kilsby, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3346 / 52°20'4"N

Longitude: -1.1788 / 1°10'43"W

OS Eastings: 456050

OS Northings: 271042

OS Grid: SP560710

Mapcode National: GBR 8R2.NS8

Mapcode Global: VHCTZ.JL54

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Kilsby

Listing Date: 16 November 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403305

Location: Kilsby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, CV23

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

Civil Parish: Kilsby

Built-Up Area: Kilsby

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Kilsby St Faith

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. It has modernised internal equipment, and seventeen of the glass panels have been replaced with polycarbonate. The kiosk has a strong visual relationship with Cedar Lodge and The Limes, both of which are Grade II listed.

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. 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.

Reasons 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

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