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K6 Telephone Kiosk, Back Hill, Shotteswell

A Grade II Listed Building in Shotteswell, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.107 / 52°6'25"N

Longitude: -1.3825 / 1°22'56"W

OS Eastings: 442389

OS Northings: 245588

OS Grid: SP423455

Mapcode National: GBR 7S5.Z5P

Mapcode Global: VHBYK.Z9HM

Plus Code: 9C4W4J49+R2

Entry Name: K6 Telephone Kiosk, Back Hill, Shotteswell

Listing Date: 11 November 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441110

ID on this website: 101441110

Location: Shotteswell, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, OX17

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

Civil Parish: Shotteswell

Built-Up Area: Shotteswell

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Shotteswell St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

Tagged with: Telephone booth

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A K6 telephone kiosk, placed close to the centre of the village of Shotteswell, Warwickshire.


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. The kiosk in Shotteswell is in a good state of repair with fresh paint and is fully glazed with glass windows. It stands close to the centre of the village and has a strong visual relationship with Laurel Farm (Grade II) approximately 75 m to the north and Suncroft (Grade II) approximately 40 m to the north east.


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 Listing

The K6 telephone kiosk in Back Hill, Shotteswell, Warwickshire is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Context: this telephone kiosk has a strong visual relationship with two listed buildings;
* Setting: the kiosk stands at the centre of the village and is a clear part of its architectural and historic character.

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