K2 & K6 Telephone Boxes :: Shared Description

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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SK5025 : K6 telephone kiosk, Sutton Bonington by Alan Murray-Rust
ST6520 : Poyntington: phone box and finger-post by Chris Downer
SU1118 : Rockbourne: postbox № SP6 3 and phone by Chris Downer
ST6904 : Henley: telephone box by Chris Downer
NB4358 : Galson: postbox № HS2 74 and phone by Chris Downer
ST4805 : Chedington: red telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ9293 : K6 Telephone Kiosk, Paglesham by N Chadwick
SY7894 : Tolpuddle: red telephone box by Chris Downer
TR3241 : Gatehouse & Kiosk by N Chadwick
SY5785 : Abbotsbury: phone box and old school house by Chris Downer
ST3902 : Blackdown: phone box and footpath by Chris Downer
HY2724 : Twatt: postbox № KW17 107 and phone by Chris Downer
SY4690 : West Bay: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SW5130 : Marazion: phone box, West End by Chris Downer
NG4668 : Staffin: phone box and sandwich shop by Chris Downer
HY6841 : Sanday: red phone box, Lady by Chris Downer
HY6237 : Sanday: telephone box at Mire by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : Telephone Kiosk, Victoria Embankment by N Chadwick
NM6061 : Glenborrodale: proposed removal of phone box by Chris Downer
SH7877 : Conwy: phone boxes on Lancaster Square by Chris Downer
SZ3888 : Wellow: postbox № PO41 79, Wellow Top Road by Chris Downer
SY6884 : Bincombe: telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes either side of Craven Street by Chris Downer
SY3492 : Lyme Regis: postbox and phone box at town centre steps by Chris Downer
SZ6399 : Telephone Kiosk, Gunwharf Quay by N Chadwick

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Created: Wed, 18 Nov 2009, Updated: Sat, 25 Apr 2015

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