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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Binbrook, Lincolnshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4287 / 53°25'43"N

Longitude: -0.1805 / 0°10'49"W

OS Eastings: 520990

OS Northings: 393972

OS Grid: TF209939

Mapcode National: GBR WX5S.QM

Mapcode Global: WHHJJ.629V

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 30 January 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1412593

Location: Binbrook, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, LN8

County: Lincolnshire

District: East Lindsey

Civil Parish: Binbrook

Built-Up Area: Binbrook

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Binbrook St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Summary

K6 telephone kiosk designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Description

K6 telephone kiosk designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

MATERIALS: cast-iron painted red overall.

EXTERIOR: the K6 is a standardised design 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 in Binbrook has had some glazing replaced with plastic and the red paint is flaking in some places.

INTERIOR: the internal equipment is modern.

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 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 but in the 1960s many were replaced with far plainer kiosk types. Many still remain however, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

The kiosk in Binbrook stands on the north-west side of the Market Place. It is located near the Grade II listed pump and five bollards which stand in the centre of the Market Place, and near the Grade II listed manor house on the south-east side of the Market Place with its wall and gate piers, also listed at Grade II.

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Binbrook, designed in 1935, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* 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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