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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Coventry, Solihull

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Latitude: 52.4093 / 52°24'33"N

Longitude: -1.6392 / 1°38'21"W

OS Eastings: 424640

OS Northings: 279092

OS Grid: SP246790

Mapcode National: GBR 5KJ.SH2

Mapcode Global: VHBWW.JPSX

Plus Code: 9C4WC956+P8

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 8 July 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393353

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506130

Location: Berkswell, Solihull, CV7

County: Solihull

Civil Parish: Berkswell

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Berkswell St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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Listing Text

BERKSWELL

732/0/10043 SPENCER'S LANE
08-JUL-09 K6 Telephone Kiosk

GV II
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 lost its internal equipment. The kiosk is largely intact.
It stands close to a village crossroads, in proximity to three listed buildings: The Bear Inn (Grade II) approximately 5 m to the north, The Malt House (Grade II) approximately 20m to the north west and Village Farmhouse (Grade II), approximately 20 m to the south west. The telephone kiosk has a strong visual relationship with these three listed buildings collectively.

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 10,000 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 Spencer's Lane, Berkswell, situated in a conservation area, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reason:

* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings collectively, one of which it stands in close proximity .
* The kiosk has lost its telephone and internal shelving, but is in good structural and decorative condition.
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design.

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

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Spencer's Lane, Berkswell, is designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings collectively, to one of which it stands in close proximity.
* The kiosk has lost its telephone and internal shelving, but is in good structural and decorative condition.
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design.

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