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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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Latitude: 51.5213 / 51°31'16"N

Longitude: -0.1222 / 0°7'19"W

OS Eastings: 530379

OS Northings: 181932

OS Grid: TQ303819

Mapcode National: GBR J8.QV

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.T1S3

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Adjacent to Garden Railings

Listing Date: 1 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396440

English Heritage Legacy ID: 509030

Location: Camden, London, WC1N

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: St George Queen Square

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

798-1/0/10399 QUEEN SQUARE
01-FEB-11 Bloomsbury
(Southwest side)
K6 telephone kiosk, adjacent to garden

K6 telephone kiosk. Materials: cast iron and glass (except where later modified).

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.

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 next to railings bordering Queen Square Garden, at the south end of Queen Square. It stands adjacent to a set of bollards and water pump, which are collectively listed Grade II. Standing close to the K6 telephone kiosk, on the west side of the square are the Church of St George the Martyr (listed Grade II*); the Queen's Larder public house (listed Grade II); and No. 2 Queen Square (listed Grade II).

The K6 telephone kiosk, adjacent to garden railings, at the south end of Queen Square is designated at Grade II for the principal following reasons:
* Special design interest: designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, the K6 is a 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.

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