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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Easton Neston, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.1429 / 52°8'34"N

Longitude: -0.9722 / 0°58'20"W

OS Eastings: 470428

OS Northings: 249904

OS Grid: SP704499

Mapcode National: GBR BXB.M06

Mapcode Global: VHDSJ.3DCK

Plus Code: 9C4X42VH+54

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 3 July 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506310

Location: Easton Neston, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN12

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Easton Neston

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Easton Neston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

EASTON NESTON

1736/0/10006 HULCOTE
K6 Telephone Kiosk

GV II
K6 telephone box; 1935; designed by Giles Gilbert Scott; Cast iron, glass.

EXTERIOR: The kiosk has a single glazed door and two similarly glazed sides, all with narrow panes on either side of horizontal glazing, beneath a domical roof. In the segmental upper structure on each side is a relief crown, placed above a narrow glazed panel bearing the word TELEPHONE. This kiosk is painted red.

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 a new kiosk type. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The K6 telephone kiosk in Hulcote is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following reason:
* It is a well preserved example of Giles Gilbert Scott's iconic design
* It has a close visual relationship with several listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

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