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Pair of K6 Telephone Kiosks Flanking Eastern Stone Pier to Front Boundary Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Holborn and Covent Garden, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5188 / 51°31'7"N

Longitude: -0.1251 / 0°7'30"W

OS Eastings: 530182

OS Northings: 181649

OS Grid: TQ301816

Mapcode National: GBR J9.2R

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.S361

Entry Name: Pair of K6 Telephone Kiosks Flanking Eastern Stone Pier to Front Boundary Railings

Listing Date: 1 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396434

English Heritage Legacy ID: 509020

Location: Camden, London, WC1B

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Holborn and Covent Garden

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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Listing Text


798-1/0/10393 GREAT RUSSELL STREET
01-FEB-11 Bloomsbury
(North side)
Pair of K6 telephone kiosks flanking e
astern stone pier to front boundary ra
ilings

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 and some windows have been replaced.

This pair of K6 telephone kiosks stands flanking the eastern stone pier along front boundary railings that stand before the courtyard and front facade of the British Museum, a Grade I listed building. The boundary railings, with the main entrance gateway and lodges, are also listed Grade II*.

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 the eastern stone pier to front boundary railings on Great Russell Street are designated at Grade II for the principal following reasons:
* Special design interest: designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* Group value: this pair of K6 telephone kiosks stands in close proximity to listed buildings, including the Grade I listed British Museum.

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

Reasons for Listing

The pair of K6 telephone kiosks flanking the eastern stone pier to front boundary railings were recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Special design interest: the K6 telephone kiosk, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 is a milestone of industrial design
* Group value: this pair of K6 telephone kiosks stands in close proximity to listed buildings, including the Grade I listed British Museum.

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