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K6 Telephone Kiosk outside Bovey Tracey Town Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Bovey Tracey, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.5949 / 50°35'41"N

Longitude: -3.6726 / 3°40'21"W

OS Eastings: 281710

OS Northings: 78573

OS Grid: SX817785

Mapcode National: GBR QM.GXVM

Mapcode Global: FRA 376H.F1P

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk outside Bovey Tracey Town Hall

Listing Date: 16 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425507

Location: Bovey Tracey, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Bovey Tracey

Built-Up Area: Bovey Tracey

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bovey Tracey St Peter, St Paul and St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Summary

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

Description

K6 telephone kiosk, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935.
MATERIALS: cast iron
DETAILS: 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. There are rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow-curved roof. It has modernised internal equipment. The example under consideration is in a good state of intactness; the display signs above the door are still clear, and the kiosk retains its glass windows.

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 a new kiosk type. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

The telephone kiosk under consideration in Bovey Tracey stands in Town Hall Place, immediately to the west of the town hall; the war memorial is also to the west of the town hall.

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it is a representative and intact example of its type;
* Design: designed for mass production and a technological function, Giles Gilbert Scott’s neoclassical form has achieved an iconic design status;
* Group value: it has a strong visual relationship with Bovey Tracey town hall, the war memorial, and the Bell Inn, as well as other listed buildings.

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