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Latitude: 51.2842 / 51°17'3"N
Longitude: -2.2814 / 2°16'53"W
OS Eastings: 380468
OS Northings: 153933
OS Grid: ST804539
Mapcode National: GBR 0RS.D19
Mapcode Global: VH971.DZRF
Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk
Listing Date: 24 April 2009
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1393244
English Heritage Legacy ID: 506820
Location: Rode, Mendip, Somerset, BA11
Civil Parish: Rode
Built-Up Area: Rode
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
284/0/10035 OUTSIDE THE BAPTIST CHAPEL
24-APR-09 K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK
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 good condition (2009).
This kiosk stands on a grassy verge on the High Street of this village. It is situated directly in front of Rode Baptist Church, which is listed at Grade II along with its forecourt wall, gate piers and gate. On the opposite side of the street, approximately 20m to the south west, stands 39 High Street (Grade II). The kiosk forms a strong visual relationship with both of these 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 Rode, Somerset, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with two listed buildings
* 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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