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K6 telephone kiosk in The Square

A Grade II Listed Building in Broadhempston, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4843 / 50°29'3"N

Longitude: -3.6906 / 3°41'26"W

OS Eastings: 280155

OS Northings: 66303

OS Grid: SX801663

Mapcode National: GBR QL.HZH1

Mapcode Global: FRA 375S.00Z

Plus Code: 9C2RF8M5+PQ

Entry Name: K6 telephone kiosk in The Square

Listing Date: 17 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442977

ID on this website: 101442977

Location: Broadhempston, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ9

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Broadhempston

Built-Up Area: Broadhempston

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Broadhempston St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Telephone booth

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A K6 telephone kiosk, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.


A K6 telephone kiosk.

The K6 is constructed mainly of cast iron and glass, and is square on plan.

The K6 is a standardised design, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in the door and sides, and with the crowns in the top panels being applied rather than perforated. There are rectangular white display signs which read TELEPHONE beneath the shallow domed roof.

This K6 appears to be in good condition; its display signs and glazing are intact. It stands in a central position within the village and is immediately opposite the Monk's Retreat Inn and Horse Shoe Cottage, both of which are listed at Grade II. It has a good visual relationship with these buildings collectively.


The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 for the General Post Office, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The K6 was a development from his earlier, highly successful K2 design of 1924. 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. Many were replaced in the 1960s 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 The Square, Broadhempston, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design interest: the K6 is an iconic example of C20 British design and has intrinsic value;
* Degree of survival: the kiosk appears to survive well;
* Relationship with listed buildings: it has a strong visual relationship with the Monk's Retreat Inn and the cottages adjacent (all listed Grade II).

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