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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in West Coker, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9191 / 50°55'8"N

Longitude: -2.687 / 2°41'13"W

OS Eastings: 351803

OS Northings: 113516

OS Grid: ST518135

Mapcode National: GBR ML.QK15

Mapcode Global: FRA 568P.10B

Plus Code: 9C2VW897+J5

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 24 April 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393242

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506611

Location: West Coker, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: West Coker

Built-Up Area: West Coker

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


241/0/10029 VILLAGE SQUARE

K6 telephone kiosk

DESCRIPTION: 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 (2009) with the exception of a few patches of rust on the roof.

The kiosk is situated in the centre of the village by a crossroad and stands directly in front of a shop and Post Office (listed together Grade II). The Gate Piers located less than 5m away are Grade II listed. Six other listed buildings can be seen simultaneously with the kiosk: 17 High Street (Grade II), approximately 15m to the south west, 26 and 28 High Street (Grade II) approximately 15m to the west, 1 Church Street (Grade II) approximately 30m north west, 14, 16 and 18 High Street (Grade II) approximately 30m to the north east, and 1 and 3 East Street (Grade II) approximately 20m to the north east. The kiosk stands on a gentle incline from where it has a strong visual relationship with each of these listed buildings from multiple vantage points.

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.

The K6 telephone kiosk in West Coker, Somerset, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with eight listed buildings
* It stands directly in front of a Post Office and therefore has a contextual relationship with its setting
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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