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Latitude: 52.2864 / 52°17'11"N
Longitude: -0.8983 / 0°53'53"W
OS Eastings: 475243
OS Northings: 265935
OS Grid: SP752659
Mapcode National: GBR BVP.MQ6
Mapcode Global: VHDRS.CSYL
Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Boughton
Listing Date: 16 November 2011
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1403389
Location: Boughton, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN2
Civil Parish: Boughton
Built-Up Area: Northampton
Traditional County: Northamptonshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire
Church of England Parish: Boughton St John the Baptist
Church of England Diocese: Peterborough
K6 telephone kiosk designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935
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. The kiosk has modernised internal equipment. One of the display signs above the door is missing but otherwise the kiosk is intact, retaining all its glass panes. It is located at the village crossroads and has a strong visual relationship with seven listed buildings, mostly late-C17 or early-C18 cottages built of coursed lias under thatched roofs.
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. It 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.
* Design: it is an iconic C20 industrial design by Giles Gilbert Scott
* Group Value: it has strong a visual relationship with seven Grade II listed buildings
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