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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Greenwich, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4833 / 51°28'59"N

Longitude: -0.0094 / 0°0'33"W

OS Eastings: 538318

OS Northings: 177920

OS Grid: TQ383779

Mapcode National: GBR L1.896

Mapcode Global: VHGR1.SZD8

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 12 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1394456

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507530

Location: Greenwich, London, SE10

County: London

District: Greenwich

Electoral Ward/Division: Greenwich West

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Greenwich

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Greenwich St Alfege

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 30/05/2017

786/0/10201

CUTTY SARK GARDENS
K6 telephone kiosk

12-OCT-10

II
K6 telephone kiosk. Cast iron, glass and perspex.

DESCRIPTION: This K6 is representative of a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in the door and sides, 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 fairly intact, although some windows have been replaced in perspex, and overall it is in worn condition. It stands opposite the Cutty Sark (listed Grade I), the Greenwich Footway Tunnel entrance building (Grade II) and the Monument to fallen soldiers of the New Zealand campaign 1863-64 (Grade II). The kiosk also faces the Royal Naval College and railings (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 telephone kiosk was moved to its current location within Cutty Sark Gardens in 2011.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:
The K6 telephone kiosk at Cutty Sark Gardens is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* This telephone kiosk has a strong visual relationship with five listed buildings collectively.

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 at Cutty Sark Gardens is listed at Grade II for the following prinicipal reasons:
* Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* This telephone kiosk has a strong visual relationship with five listed buildings collectively.

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