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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Plaistow, West Sussex

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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

Plus Code: 9C3X3C9J+MW

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 25 January 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393642

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507655

ID on this website: 101393642

Location: Plaistow, Chichester, West Sussex, RH14

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester

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

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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.

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.

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