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Pair of K6 telephone kiosks flanking side entrance piers and gates

A Grade II Listed Building in Bloomsbury, Camden

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5196 / 51°31'10"N

Longitude: -0.1253 / 0°7'31"W

OS Eastings: 530167

OS Northings: 181736

OS Grid: TQ301817

Mapcode National: GBR J9.1G

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.S24F

Plus Code: 9C3XGV9F+RV

Entry Name: Pair of K6 telephone kiosks flanking side entrance piers and gates

Listing Date: 1 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396433

English Heritage Legacy ID: 509019

Location: Camden, London, WC1B

County: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Bloomsbury

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Bloomsbury Way St George

Church of England Diocese: London

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Description

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 11/05/2020

798-1/0/10392
Bloomsbury
MONTAGUE STREET (west side)
Pair of K6 telephone kiosks flanking side entrance piers and gates
01-FEB-11
II
Pair of K6 telephone kiosks.

MATERIALS: cast iron and glass (except where later modified).

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. Both kiosks have rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow-curved roof. They have modernised internal equipment.

This pair of K6 telephone kiosks flanks entrance piers and gates to the British Museum's eastern facade on Montague Street. On the opposite side of Montague Street are Nos. 12-19 (listed Grade II) and the iron gates between Nos. 20 and 21 (also listed Grade II). No. 30 (listed Grade II), is adjacent to the K6 telephone kiosks on the west side of Montague Street, 30m to the north. The British Museum is listed Grade I.

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 pair of K6 telephone kiosks, flanking side entrance piers and gates, on the west side of Montague Street are designated at Grade II for the principal following reasons:
* Special design interest: designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* Group value: this pair of telephone kiosks stand on the eastern side of the British Museum, a Grade I listed building, and have a strong visual relationship with three additional listed buildings.

Reasons for Listing

The pair of K6 telephone kiosks, flanking side entrance piers and gates, on the west side of Montague Street were recommended for designation at Grade II for the principal following reasons:
* Special design interest: designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* Group value: this pair of telephone kiosks stand on the eastern side of the British Museum, a Grade I listed building, and have a strong visual relationship with three additional listed buildings.

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