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K6 Telephone Kiosk, Badby

A Grade II Listed Building in Badby, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2266 / 52°13'35"N

Longitude: -1.1816 / 1°10'53"W

OS Eastings: 455994

OS Northings: 259021

OS Grid: SP559590

Mapcode National: GBR 8SF.837

Mapcode Global: VHCVK.G9PG

Plus Code: 9C4W6RG9+J8

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Badby

Listing Date: 16 November 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403387

Location: Badby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Badby

Built-Up Area: Badby

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Badby St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary


K6 telephone kiosk designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935

Description

The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in 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. The paint on the kiosk has faded but it retains all its glass panes. It is clearly visible from three Grade II listed buildings nearby, namely Park House, The Cottage and Wayside. It is also situated in front of the late C19/ early C20 red-brick post office (unlisted) with which it has an important contextual relationship.

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 Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Badby 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 is clearly visible from three Grade II listed buildings
*Context: it is situated in front of the late C19/ early C20 red-brick post office with which it has an important contextual relationship

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