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K6 telephone kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in East Hoathly with Halland, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9261 / 50°55'34"N

Longitude: 0.1661 / 0°9'58"E

OS Eastings: 552331

OS Northings: 116310

OS Grid: TQ523163

Mapcode National: GBR MS5.SZ4

Mapcode Global: FRA C67N.GK3

Entry Name: K6 telephone kiosk

Location: East Hoathly with Halland, Wealden, East Sussex, BN8

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden

Parish: East Hoathly with Halland

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Listing Date: 7 March 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444079

Summary

K6 telephone kiosk

Description

K6 telephone kiosk.

The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, 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 and retains it glass windows.

The K6 telephone kiosk in East Hoathly stands in a prominent corner location on a grass verge on the NW side of the junction of Waldron Road and Mill Lane.

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.

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk telephone at the junction of Waldron Road and Mill Lane, East Hoathly, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design interest: as an iconic example of industrial design, showing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neo-classical forms for a modern technological function;
* Group value: it has a strong visual relationship with at least three other listed buildings in close proximity.

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