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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Saxton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8265 / 53°49'35"N

Longitude: -1.2782 / 1°16'41"W

OS Eastings: 447609

OS Northings: 436930

OS Grid: SE476369

Mapcode National: GBR MSJ6.21

Mapcode Global: WHDBN.B2LW

Plus Code: 9C5WRPGC+HP

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 24 September 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393985

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507066

Location: Saxton with Scarthingwell, Selby, North Yorkshire, LS24

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Saxton with Scarthingwell

Built-Up Area: Saxton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Saxton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York

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1603/0/10013 COTCHERS LANE

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. It is intact and in good condition (2009).

The kiosk is situated on the north-west corner of a staggered crossroads at the heart of this small village. Approximately 40m to the south west stands the Church of All Saints, listed at Grade I. There are two listed buildings in the churchyard, standing to the north and east of the church - a cross shaft to the east and Lord Dacre's tomb to the north, both listed at 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.

The K6 telephone kiosk in Saxton, North Yorkshire, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is situated in close proximity to a Grade I church, with which it enjoys a strong visual relationship
* It has a visual relationship with two Grade II listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

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