NF7862 : Baleshare: a red telephone box
taken 5 years ago, near to Teanna Mhachair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain
English/Gaelic names in the Western Isles
In around 1999, the Ordnance Survey replaced English-language placenames in the Western Isles with Gaelic-language names. Some of the more prominent features (e.g. Isle of Barra; Stornoway; Sound of Harris) do have bilingual labels but, on the whole, villages, lochs, peaks etc. generally have the Gaelic names on the modern-day mapping.
Because the English versions have a tendency not to appear on the maps any more, I have decided to use them in my image titles and, as such, a translation will be readily available from the Gaelic labelling on the map.
(NB I have not translated some of the more minor loch and river names, where I have not easily found the English version.)
K2 & K6 Telephone Boxes
The iconic red telephone kiosk was the result of a competition in 1924 to design a telephone box suitable for London Metropolitan Boroughs. A design by Giles Gilbert Scott, a British Architect, was chosen. The box, to be known as the K2 was deployed in London in 1926. The post office suggested it be painted red.
The K6 was introduced in 1935, designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. It was a smaller version of the K2, and went on to be installed prolifically around the country. It is the most recognised and iconic telephone box, that many people around the world are familiar with. The first K6 is still to be found outside the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Other versions of the red telephone box were designed and implemented but none were ever to survive the popularity of the K6.
Over 240,000 red telephone boxes were built between the 1920s and 1980s.
BT had replaced many red telephone boxes during the 1980s and 90s with the aluminium KX100, leading to English Heritage to designate over 2000 as listed structures. Only 9400 K6's remain.
BT offered councils to 'adopt-a-kiosk' for £1 to keep local K6's in place. Many have found alternate uses as mini libraries/book exchanges & art galleries, and even for storage of heart defibrillators.
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- Grid Square
- NF7862, 8 images (more nearby )
- Chris Downer (find more nearby)
- Image classification?
- Geograph (Fourth Visitor for NF7862)
- Date Taken
- Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 (more nearby)
- Tuesday, 4 September, 2012
- Geographical Context
- Subject Location
OSGB36: NF 7868 6245 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:32.2574N 7:22.3123W
- Camera Location
- OSGB36: NF 7868 6245
- View Direction
- East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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