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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Norton St Philip, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3164 / 51°18'58"N

Longitude: -2.2882 / 2°17'17"W

OS Eastings: 380011

OS Northings: 157514

OS Grid: ST800575

Mapcode National: GBR 0RC.J8W

Mapcode Global: VH971.955P

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 24 April 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393243

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506609

Location: Norton St. Philip, Mendip, Somerset, BA2

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Norton St Philip

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

NORTON ST PHILIP

284/0/10033 NR TURNPIKE COTTAGE, FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD
24-APR-09 K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK

II
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. The kiosk is intact and appears to be in fair condition (2009). It retains all glass windows.

The kiosk is situated at the centre of this small village, adjacent to the Grade II listed Turnpike Cottage. It stands approximately 20m to the north of Farleigh Court (Grade II) and approximately 45m to the east of the Hungerford Arms Public House (Grade II). It has a strong visual relationship with these three listed buildings.

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
The K6 telephone kiosk in Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design
ST8001157513

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

Description

284/0/10033

NORTON ST PHILIP
Farleigh Hungerford
Near Turnpike Cottage
K6 Telephone Kiosk

24-APR-09

II
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. The kiosk is intact and appears to be in fair condition (2009). It retains all glass windows.

The kiosk is situated at the centre of this small village, adjacent to the Grade II listed Turnpike Cottage. It stands approximately 20m to the north of Farleigh Court (Grade II) and approximately 45m to the east of the Hungerford Arms Public House (Grade II). It has a strong visual relationship with these three listed buildings.

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
The K6 telephone kiosk in Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

ST8001157513

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset, has been designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

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