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K6 Telephone Kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in Lowick, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4035 / 52°24'12"N

Longitude: -0.604 / 0°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 495066

OS Northings: 279301

OS Grid: SP950793

Mapcode National: GBR DXC.B2R

Mapcode Global: VHFNT.HV0C

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk

Listing Date: 4 March 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396588

English Heritage Legacy ID: 509159

Location: Lowick, East Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN14

County: Northamptonshire

District: East Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Lowick

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Slipton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

LOWICK

1741/0/10012 MAIN STREET
04-MAR-11 Slipton
(West,off)
K6 Telephone Kiosk

GV II
K6 telephone kiosk

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. The telephone kiosk has modernised internal equipment. It is in a good state of repair and retains its glass windows. The kiosk is situated on Main Street in a central position in the village. It is located opposite the Grade II listed Bakehouse Cottage and can be seen from two other Grade II listed buildings, Chestnut Cottage and Grange Farmhouse, with which it has a strong visual relationship collectively.

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 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 in Slipton, designed in 1935, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design: it is an iconic C20 industrial design by Giles Gilbert Scott.
* Group Value: it has a close visual relationship with three Grade II listed buildings collectively.

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 in Slipton, designed in 1935, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design: it is an iconic C20 industrial design by Giles Gilbert Scott.
* Group Value: it has a close visual relationship with three Grade II listed buildings collectively.

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