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K6 telephone kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Wymeswold, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8054 / 52°48'19"N

Longitude: -1.1072 / 1°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 460280

OS Northings: 323464

OS Grid: SK602234

Mapcode National: GBR 9LW.2X1

Mapcode Global: WHDHK.YRX6

Entry Name: K6 telephone kiosk

Listing Date: 12 November 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1416982

Location: Wymeswold, Charnwood, Leicestershire, LE12

County: Leicestershire

District: Charnwood

Civil Parish: Wymeswold

Built-Up Area: Wymeswold

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Wymeswold St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Summary

K6 telephone kiosk designed in 1935 by Giles Gilbert Scott.

Description


MATERIALS: cast iron.

PLAN: square on plan.

EXTERIOR: the K6 is a standardised design, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in the door and sides and with the crowns situated on the top panels being applied not perforated. It has rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow curved roof. All but three of the large panes of glass have been replaced with polycarbonate, and seventeen out of the forty-eight margin lights have been replaced.

The kiosk is located in the centre of the village in close proximity to three listed buildings: the Grade I listed medieval Church of St Mary which was restored by Pugin in the 1840s; the Grade II listed lychgate designed by Pugin; and the Grade II listed 52 Far Street, an C18 house.

INTERIOR: this has modernised internal equipment.

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 they continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

The K6 is Wymeswold was originally located in Church Street but was moved in 1994 to its current location on The Stockwell.

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Wymeswold is listed 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 three listed buildings, one of which is the Grade I listed medieval Church of St Mary.

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