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Latitude: 51.0692 / 51°4'9"N
Longitude: -0.5677 / 0°34'3"W
OS Eastings: 500454
OS Northings: 130959
OS Grid: TQ004309
Mapcode National: GBR FFH.TKG
Mapcode Global: FRA 96P9.BN7
Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk
Listing Date: 25 January 2010
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1393642
English Heritage Legacy ID: 507655
Location: Plaistow, Chichester, West Sussex, RH14
County: West Sussex
Civil Parish: Plaistow
Built-Up Area: Plaistow
Traditional County: Sussex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex
Church of England Parish: Kirdford
Church of England Diocese: Chichester
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. It is generally in good condition currently (2009), although the red paint is fading in some places. It retains glass windows.
This kiosk is situated in the centre of the village, approximately 15m south west of Ye Olde Sun Inn (Grade II). There are three other listed buildings in the vicinity of the kiosk: Periwinkle Cottage (Grade II) 25m to the east; The White House (Grade II) 26m to the north east; and Church House (Grade II) 40m to the north east. The telephone kiosk has a strong visual relationship with these four 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 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 The Street in Plaistow is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* This telephone kiosk has a strong visual relationship with four listed buildings collectively
* It is an iconic example of industrial design, showing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neoclassical forms for a modern technological function.
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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