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K6 Telephone Kiosk Outside St Pancras Station

A Grade II Listed Building in King's Cross, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5294 / 51°31'45"N

Longitude: -0.1258 / 0°7'32"W

OS Eastings: 530107

OS Northings: 182832

OS Grid: TQ301828

Mapcode National: GBR H5.XX

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.RTWF

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk Outside St Pancras Station

Listing Date: 22 February 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393675

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507692

Location: Camden, London, NW1

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: King's Cross

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Pancras Old Church

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/0/10379 EUSTON ROAD
22-FEB-10 K6 telephone kiosk outside St Pancras
Station

GV II
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.

This kiosk is located at the south-west corner of the forecourt of the Grade I listed St Pancras Station on the north side of Euston Road. It stands opposite Camden Town Hall (Grade II).

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:
* Design Interest: Giles Gilbert Scott's design has special interest for its artistry and functionality as well its iconic status as a milestone of C20 industrial design;
* Setting: a strong visual relationship to two listed buildings including St Pancras Station which is Grade I;
* Historic Interest: juxtaposition of the K6 and St Pancras Station, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, grandfather of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, designer of the K6.

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 on Euston Road, outside St Pancras Station is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design Interest: Giles Gilbert Scott's design has special interest for its artistry and functionality as well its iconic status as a milestone of C20 industrial design;
* Setting: a strong visual relationship to two listed buildings including St Pancras Station at Grade I;
* Historic Interest: juxtaposition of the K6 and St Pancras Station, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, grandfather of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, designer of the K6.

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