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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Winkleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8563 / 50°51'22"N

Longitude: -3.945 / 3°56'41"W

OS Eastings: 263197

OS Northings: 108114

OS Grid: SS631081

Mapcode National: GBR KW.VBG4

Mapcode Global: FRA 26MT.WDR

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 20 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1395297

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506635

Location: Winkleigh, Torridge, Devon, EX19

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Winkleigh

Built-Up Area: Winkleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Winkleigh All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

WINKLEIGH

1543/0/10007 FORE STREET
20-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 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 located in the northern half of the village. It stands between the Kings' Arms Inn (Grade II) and a Pyramid Water Trough (Grade II), less than 5m from each. On the opposite side of the road, approximately 10m north east of the kiosk, is situated Antiques Cottage (Grade II). These three listed buildings form a close visual relationship with the kiosk.

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 Winkleigh, Devon, is recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three 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 Winkleigh, Devon, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings
* It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

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