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K6 Telephone Kiosk, Adjacent to Garden Railings

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5187 / 51°31'7"N

Longitude: -0.122 / 0°7'19"W

OS Eastings: 530396

OS Northings: 181647

OS Grid: TQ303816

Mapcode National: GBR J9.RR

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.T3V3

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Adjacent to Garden Railings

Listing Date: 1 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396439

English Heritage Legacy ID: 509029

Location: Camden, London, WC1A

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


798-1/0/10398 BLOOMSBURY SQUARE
01-FEB-11 Bloomsbury
(Southeast side)
K6 telephone kiosk, adjacent to garden
railings

II
K6 telephone kiosk. 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. There are rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow-curved roof. It has modernised internal equipment.

This K6 telephone kiosk is situated at the south east corner of Bloomsbury Square Gardens. Adjacent to the east is the rear of the large commercial building Victoria House, Nos. 37-63 Southampton Row, a Grade II listed building. Across the road to the south are four Grade II listed buildings: Nos. 43, 44 and 46 Bloomsbury Square; Nos. 1-29 Sicilian Avenue; three lamp posts, Sicilian Avenue; and Avenue Chambers, Nos. 1-6 Vernon Place.

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 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, adjacent to garden railings, at the south east corner of Bloomsbury Square Gardens, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Special design interest: designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* Group value: this K6 telephone kiosk has a close visual relationship with several listed buildings.

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, adjacent to garden railings, at the south east corner of Bloomsbury Square Gardens, was recommended for designation at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Special design interest: designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a major landmark of industrial design.
* Group value: this K6 telephone kiosk has a close visual relationship with several listed buildings.

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