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Latitude: 52.425 / 52°25'30"N
Longitude: -1.7026 / 1°42'9"W
OS Eastings: 420320
OS Northings: 280824
OS Grid: SP203808
Mapcode National: GBR 4HX.VS5
Mapcode Global: VHBWV.F9RT
Entry Name: K6 Kiosk
Listing Date: 4 March 2009
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1393163
English Heritage Legacy ID: 506155
Location: Hampton in Arden, Solihull, B92
Civil Parish: Hampton in Arden
Built-Up Area: Hampton in Arden
Traditional County: Warwickshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands
Church of England Parish: Hampton-in-Arden
Church of England Diocese: Birmingham
HAMPTON IN ARDEN
732/18/10007 HIGH STREET
04-MAR-09 K6 Kiosk
K6 telephone kiosk. Designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Made by various contractors.
MATERIALS: Cast iron.
The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in 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. It is in good condition.
The kiosk stands at the side of the road, adjacent to the graveyard of the grade I listed Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew and opposite the Grade II listed White Lion Public House.
HISTORY: The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by 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. 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 continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION: This K6 telephone kiosk is designated at Grade II, for the following reasons:
* An iconic example of industrial design, showing Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neoclassical forms for a modern technological function
* A particularly good example of the type, and has a strong visual relationship with the Grade I Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew and the grade II listed White Lion Public House
Other nearby listed buildings