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K6 telephone kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Hursley, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0253 / 51°1'31"N

Longitude: -1.3901 / 1°23'24"W

OS Eastings: 442868

OS Northings: 125283

OS Grid: SU428252

Mapcode National: GBR 86B.PCB

Mapcode Global: FRA 76ZD.N8G

Entry Name: K6 telephone kiosk

Listing Date: 7 March 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444540

Location: Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21

County: Hampshire

District: Winchester

Civil Parish: Hursley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hursley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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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 its glass windows.

The K6 telephone kiosk in Hursley stands on the S side of Collins Lane, adjoining a single-storey outbuilding attached to the rear of 76 Main Road.

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, Collins Lane, Hursley 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 two other listed buildings in close proximity.

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