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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9286 / 51°55'42"N

Longitude: -1.7176 / 1°43'3"W

OS Eastings: 419517

OS Northings: 225597

OS Grid: SP195255

Mapcode National: GBR 4Q2.4KV

Mapcode Global: VHBZ5.5SVF

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 9 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396445

English Heritage Legacy ID: 510573

Location: Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL54

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

Civil Parish: Stow-on-the-Wold

Built-Up Area: Stow-on-the-Wold

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Stow-on-the Wold St Edward

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

STOW ON THE WOLD

7/0/10007 ODDINGTON ROAD
09-FEB-11 K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK

GV II
A telephone kiosk of 1935 constructed to a standardised K6 design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, 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 kiosk is situated in the centre of a village and has a strong visual relationship with two Grade II listed buildings on the opposite side of the road; the Toll Gate and 1 and 2 Mount Pleasant.

HISTORY
The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by Sir 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. Sir 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 a new kiosk type. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The K6 telephone kiosk, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, merits listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural and historic interest: an iconic example of industrial design showing Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neoclassical forms for a modern technological function.
* Group value : a good example of the type, having proximity and good visual relationship with two listed buildings.

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

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