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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in East Holme, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6732 / 50°40'23"N

Longitude: -2.1495 / 2°8'58"W

OS Eastings: 389532

OS Northings: 85958

OS Grid: SY895859

Mapcode National: GBR 21M.PCP

Mapcode Global: FRA 67D9.6G1

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 20 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1395285

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507593

Location: East Holme, Dorset, Dorset, BH20

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Civil Parish: East Holme

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

EAST HOLME

373/0/10005 (Southwest side)
20-OCT-10 K6 Telephone Kiosk

GV II
K6 Telephone kiosk designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and made by various contractors. Cast iron and glass.

DESCRIPTION: The kiosk has three glazed sides, including a door, and a solid rear side. The glazed sides each have eight horizontal strips of glass with narrow margin lights to either side. The Soane-inspired domed roof sits atop the four arched sides, each of which has a crown in relief above a glazed panel bearing the word 'TELEPHONE'. It is painted red. The interior contains modern telecommunications equipment.

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 DECISION:
This K6 telephone kiosk is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is an iconic example of industrial design, showing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of neoclassical forms for a modern technological function
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Description

EAST HOLME

373/0/10005 (Southwest side)
20-OCT-10 K6 Telephone Kiosk

GV II
K6 Telephone kiosk designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and made by various contractors. Cast iron and glass.

DESCRIPTION: The kiosk has three glazed sides, including a door, and a solid rear side. The glazed sides each have eight horizontal strips of glass with narrow margin lights to either side. The Soane-inspired domed roof sits atop the four arched sides, each of which has a crown in relief above a glazed panel bearing the word 'TELEPHONE'. It is painted red. The interior contains modern telecommunications equipment.

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 DECISION:
This K6 telephone kiosk is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is an iconic example of industrial design, showing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of neoclassical forms for a modern technological function
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings

Reasons for Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in East Holme is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is an iconic example of industrial design, showing Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neoclassical forms for a modern technological function
* It is a good example of the type, having proximity and a good visual relationship with several listed buildings

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