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Latitude: 50.9179 / 50°55'4"N
Longitude: -3.7036 / 3°42'12"W
OS Eastings: 280345
OS Northings: 114539
OS Grid: SS803145
Mapcode National: GBR L6.QKL2
Mapcode Global: FRA 364P.0ZG
Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, The Square
Listing Date: 28 February 2012
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1407621
Location: Witheridge, North Devon, Devon, EX16
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: Witheridge
Built-Up Area: Witheridge
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Witheridge with Creacombe
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
K6 telephone kiosk, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935.
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.
The kiosk is located beside a wall at the side of the main road through the village. The kiosk is near to a number of listed buildings and has a strong visual relationship with the Church of St. John the Baptist (Grade I), and the church gate piers, gates and railings (Grade II), approximately 25m to the north-west, and The Angel Inn (Grade II) and No. 3 The Square (Grade II) approximately 190m to the south-east.
The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by 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. 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.
The K6 telephone kiosk, The Square, Witheridge is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design
* Design: it is an iconic example of industrial design, showing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of neoclassical forms for a modern technological function
* Group value: it sits in a prominent location in the village and has a visual relationship with more than three listed buildings
Other nearby listed buildings