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K6 Telephone Kiosk, Farthingstone

A Grade II Listed Building in Farthingstone, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1902 / 52°11'24"N

Longitude: -1.1026 / 1°6'9"W

OS Eastings: 461442

OS Northings: 255044

OS Grid: SP614550

Mapcode National: GBR 9V7.Q1J

Mapcode Global: VHCVS.T6YT

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Farthingstone

Listing Date: 16 November 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403388

Location: Farthingstone, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN12

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

Civil Parish: Farthingstone

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Farthingstone St Mary the Virgin

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. 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.

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 two Grade II listed buildings.

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