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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Slad, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7641 / 51°45'50"N

Longitude: -2.1873 / 2°11'14"W

OS Eastings: 387171

OS Northings: 207286

OS Grid: SO871072

Mapcode National: GBR 1MD.CT1

Mapcode Global: VH94S.1XJH

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 10 November 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396078

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506612

Location: Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6

County: Gloucestershire

District: Stroud

Civil Parish: Painswick

Built-Up Area: Slad

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Uplands All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

PAINSWICK

1305/0/10013 NR WOOLPACK PUB
10-NOV-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. It appears to be intact and in good condition (2009).

The kiosk is situated between two roads at the centre of this small village. It stands approximately 20m to the west of the School and Schoolhouse, listed together at Grade II. A millstone plate attached to a boundary wall to the north-east is also listed at Grade II. Approximately 20m to the south east of the kiosk, at the bottom of a gentle grassy incline, stands Rose Cottage (Grade II). The kiosk has a strong visual relationship with these three listed buildings, as they form the central part of the village.

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 Stroud, Gloucestershire, 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 Slad, Gloucestershire, 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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