History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

K6 Telephone Kiosk, Draughton

A Grade II Listed Building in Draughton, Northamptonshire

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3837 / 52°23'1"N

Longitude: -0.8825 / 0°52'57"W

OS Eastings: 476154

OS Northings: 276778

OS Grid: SP761767

Mapcode National: GBR BTJ.KPN

Mapcode Global: VHDRD.NB9Z

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Draughton

Listing Date: 16 November 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403375

Location: Draughton, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN6

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

Civil Parish: Draughton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Draughton St Catherine

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

Find accommodation in
Maidwell

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. The kiosk has modernised internal equipment. The red paint is flaking in many places and twelve of its glass panes have been replaced with polycarbonate. It is located opposite the Grade II* listed Church of St Catherine and the Grade II listed Church Farmhouse, with which it has a strong visual relationship.

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 group value with a Grade II listed building and a Grade II* listed church

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.