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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Ridlington, Rutland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6162 / 52°36'58"N

Longitude: -0.7484 / 0°44'54"W

OS Eastings: 484832

OS Northings: 302778

OS Grid: SK848027

Mapcode National: GBR CS4.X67

Mapcode Global: WHFKV.GHTQ

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 4 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1394070

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506643

Location: Ridlington, Rutland, LE15

County: Rutland

Civil Parish: Ridlington

Traditional County: Rutland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Rutland

Church of England Parish: Ridlington St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

RIDLINGTON

1675/0/10001 MAIN STREET
04-OCT-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 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 retains all glass windows. There is minor structural damage in the form of two fractures to the dome pillar supports.

The kiosk stands on a grass verge at the edge of Main Street in the centre of the village. Approximately 12m to the south west stands Chimney Cottage (Grade II) and further down the road, approximately 30m to the south west of the kiosk, stands 1 Church Lane (Grade II). Manor Farmhouse (Grade II) is situated on the opposite side of the street, approximately 45m to the north west. The church of St Mary and St Andrew stands at the road junction to the west of the kiosk. It is located at a distance of approximately 60m, yet still has a strong visual relationship with the kiosk when approached from the north east. The kiosk has a strong visual relationship with this group of 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 Ridlington, Rutland, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with four listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important 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 in Ridlington, Rutland, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with four listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

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