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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7674 / 50°46'2"N

Longitude: 0.2928 / 0°17'33"E

OS Eastings: 561776

OS Northings: 98930

OS Grid: TV617989

Mapcode National: GBR MV8.W96

Mapcode Global: FRA C7H1.XJH

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 30 June 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393867

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506599

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21

County: East Sussex

District: Eastbourne

Town: Eastbourne

Electoral Ward/Division: Devonshire

Built-Up Area: Eastbourne

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Eastbourne Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text


623/0/10081 MARINE PARADE
30-JUN-10 K6 telephone kiosk

II
K6 telephone kiosk

DESCRIPTION: The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in the 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. The kiosk is intact and in good condition, although there are small patches of flaking red paint (2009).

This telephone kiosk is situated on the seafront immediately to the north of the entrance to the Grade II* listed Eastbourne Pier. Approximately 35m to the west stands a bronze statue of a soldier of the Royal Sussex Regiment (Grade II*). The Belle Vue Hotel, listed at Grade II, stands to the west of the kiosks on the opposite side of the road.

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 on Marine Parade, Eastbourne, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings, two of which are Grade II*
* It is a representative example within a coastal setting of this iconic C20 industrial design

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 Marine Parade, Eastbourne, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings, two of which are Grade II*
* It is a representative example within a coastal setting of this iconic C20 industrial design

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