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.
by Oast House Archive
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SU2902 : Brockenhurst: postbox № SO42 157 and phone, Meerut Road by Chris Downer
SY6990 : Dorchester: phone boxes in Trinity Street by Chris Downer
TQ3280 : K2 kiosk. St Thomas's St by N Chadwick
SK7223 : Stable range at White House Farm, and K6 telephone kiosk by Alan Murray-Rust
TF9439 : Primitive Methodist Chapel and telephone box by N Chadwick
HY6528 : Stronsay: Whitehall phone box and harbourmasterís office by Chris Downer
SW7634 : Mabe Burnthouse: red phone box by Chris Downer
SU0206 : Chalbury Common: postbox № BH21 31, phone box, noticeboard by Chris Downer
SU0203 : Holt: postbox № BH21 53 and phone box by Chris Downer
SZ0379 : Swanage: seafront phone box by Chris Downer
SY5388 : Puncknowle: postbox № DT2 82 and phone box by Chris Downer
NF7270 : Tigharry: the old post office and postbox № HS6 26 by Chris Downer
HU3673 : Sullom: the telephone box by Chris Downer
NM0848 : Caolas: the telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ2782 : Telephone Kiosk outside Hanover Gate Mansions by N Chadwick
TQ7827 : K6 phone box Bodiam Lane by Oast House Archive
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes, 451 Strand by Chris Downer
TQ5045 : Telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
SY8093 : Affpuddle: red telephone box by Chris Downer
NG3042 : Caroy: telephone box on the A863 by Chris Downer
SY8486 : Wool: telephone box outside the station by Chris Downer
HU4940 : Bressay: postbox № ZE2 90 and phone by Chris Downer
SW4538 : Zennor: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SU3700 : East Boldre: phone box opposite the post office by Chris Downer
NF7367 : Paible: red telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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