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K6 telephone kiosk

A Grade II Listed Building in North Cerney, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.7705 / 51°46'13"N

Longitude: -1.972 / 1°58'19"W

OS Eastings: 402029

OS Northings: 207979

OS Grid: SP020079

Mapcode National: GBR 3Q5.SB1

Mapcode Global: VHB2B.RRVM

Plus Code: 9C3WQ2CH+56

Entry Name: K6 telephone kiosk

Listing Date: 21 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1446521

ID on this website: 101446521

Location: North Cerney, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL7

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

Civil Parish: North Cerney

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: North Cerney All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

Tagged with: Telephone booth

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K6 telephone kiosk.


K6 telephone kiosk.

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 retains most of its glass, although a small number of window panels have been replaced with polycarbonate.

The K6 telephone kiosk is in the centre of North Cerney, on the N side of The Stableblock to the Manor House. It has a strong visual relationship with this building and the attached double barn, as well as No. 36 Dark Lane and the village school (all listed at Grade II).


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, North Cerney, Cirencester is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural interest: an iconic example of industrial design, showing Giles Gilbert Scott's adaptation of Neo-classical forms for a modern technological function;

* Group value: a strong visual relationship with four listed buildings (all Grade II), forming a group which makes a positive contribution to North Cerney’s street scene.

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