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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NM6777 : Glenuig: telephone box by Chris Downer
SZ0278 : Swanage: a phone box and the Black Swan by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes, 59 Strand by Chris Downer
HU3352 : Bixter: the shop and post office by Chris Downer
SY7198 : White Lackington: the telephone box by Chris Downer
NF6704 : Cleit: postbox № HS9 2 and phone by Chris Downer
NF8457 : Grimsay: telephone box and noticeboard by Chris Downer
TQ4651 : K6Telephone Kiosk, Toy's Hill by N Chadwick
SY9179 : Kimmeridge: village store and telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : Four red boxes by N Chadwick
SZ5677 : Ventnor: phone box by the Boniface Arms by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box, 368 Strand by Chris Downer
SU2710 : Minstead: postbox № SO43 38 and phone, Newtown by Chris Downer
ST6316 : Sherborne: the Plume of Feathers by Chris Downer
SU3664 : Inkpen: Lower Green by Chris Downer
TQ3079 : London: four phone boxes in Parliament Street by Chris Downer
SY5096 : West Milton: the postbox from the phone box by Chris Downer
J6248 : Rural phone box near Portaferry by Albert Bridge
NM7699 : Inverie: telephone box and delivery office by Chris Downer
TL2885 : Rear of the almshouses by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5056 : K6 Telephone Kiosk, High St by N Chadwick
TQ5045 : Telephone Kiosk, Chiddingstone by N Chadwick
NL9443 : Middleton: the old post office by Chris Downer
ST8525 : Motcombe: phone box on The Street by Chris Downer
ST5814 : Bradford Abbas: red telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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