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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Bath and North East Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3861 / 51°23'10"N

Longitude: -2.3595 / 2°21'34"W

OS Eastings: 375077

OS Northings: 165291

OS Grid: ST750652

Mapcode National: GBR 0QH.47W

Mapcode Global: VH96M.1FZ7

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 15 October 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1416455

Location: Bath and North East Somerset, BA1

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bath

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Bath St Michael Without

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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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 the door and sides. The crowns situated on the top panels are applied, not perforated. There are rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow curved roof. It has modernised internal equipment. The kiosk is generally in good condition, and appears to be intact.

The kiosk stands prominently on the roadside, immediately in front of the Grade II listed No.88 Walcot Street and St Michael's Church House, and has a close relationship with other listed buildings nearby.


History

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. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was one of the most important of modern British architects. The K6 was a development from his earlier highly successful K2 telephone kiosk design of 1924, of neoclassical inspiration. The K6 was more streamlined aesthetically, more compact and more cost effective to mass produce. Over 70,000 K6s were eventually produced and many still remain, continuing to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk, outside 88 Walcot Street, Bath is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: It is a representative example within a city 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 city and has a visual relationship with more than three listed buildings.

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