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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Holbeton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3352 / 50°20'6"N

Longitude: -3.9495 / 3°56'58"W

OS Eastings: 261352

OS Northings: 50181

OS Grid: SX613501

Mapcode National: GBR Q5.PC8P

Mapcode Global: FRA 28M4.TBV

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 8 November 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1395873

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506641

Location: Holbeton, South Hams, Devon, PL8

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Holbeton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text

237/0/10020
08-NOV-10

HOLBETON
CHURCH HILL
K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK

K6 telephone kiosk

II

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 appears to be in good condition (2009).

The kiosk is located at a staggered crossroads in the centre of the village. It has a close visual relationship with the Grade I All Saints' Church, which is situated approximately 40m to the west. On the opposite side of the road from the kiosk, approximately 25m to the north east, stand 34 and 35 Brent Hill (both Grade II). The kiosk has a strong visual relationship with these three listed buildings.

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 Holbeton, 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 Holbeton, 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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