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K6 Telephone Box

A Grade II Listed Building in Hythe, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0711 / 51°4'15"N

Longitude: 1.0802 / 1°4'48"E

OS Eastings: 615884

OS Northings: 134709

OS Grid: TR158347

Mapcode National: GBR V0L.XJS

Mapcode Global: FRA F649.4NH

Plus Code: 9F3333CJ+C3

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Box

Listing Date: 7 February 2007

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391856

English Heritage Legacy ID: 494658

Location: Hythe, Folkestone and Hythe, Kent, CT21

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Hythe

Built-Up Area: Hythe

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Description

HYTHE

687/0/10002 RED LION SQUARE
07-FEB-07 K6 Telephone Box

II
BUILDING: K6 telephone box

DATE: The K6 was designed in 1935; the date of this example is not known.

ARCHITECT: Giles Gilbert Scott

MATERIALS: Cast iron, glass

EXTERIOR: The K6 kiosk was a development on Scott's 1924 K2 design. It has two glazed sides and a glazed door, all with narrow panes either side of a wider central panel of horizontal panes, beneath a domical roof. In the segmental upper structure on each side is a relief crown, placed above a glazed panel bearing the word TELEPHONE.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: The archetypal K6 telephone kiosk was designed by the eminent architect Giles Gilbert Scott (of Battersea Power Station and Liverpool Cathedral fame) in 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, and was a development on Scott's 1924 K2 design. It is of special interest for the quality of the architectural design as applied to an industrially produced object of mass communication. Some 70,000 K6s were ultimately produced. This intact K6 telephone kiosk stands in a prominent position on the corner of Red Lion Square where it makes a significant contribution to its setting. It lies within a conservation area, and has a strong visual relationship with three Grade II listed buildings.

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