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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SU4200 : Exbury: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SK5878 : K6 telephone kiosk in the Market Place by Alan Murray-Rust
SK6911 : Barsby: defibrillator and library by Chris Downer
SY8583 : East Lulworth: postbox № BH20 88 and phone, Shaggs by Chris Downer
SS4493 : Llanmadoc: postbox № SA3 666 and phone by Chris Downer
HY5204 : Toab: the post office by Chris Downer
SD3036 : Blackpool: eight phone boxes in Clifton Street by Chris Downer
SK7126 : K6 telephone kiosk, West End, Long Clawson by Alan Murray-Rust
SP1955 : Stratford-upon-Avon: postbox № CV37 19 and phone boxes, Henley Street by Chris Downer
SZ5376 : St. Lawrence: phone box on the A3055 by Chris Downer
HY5636 : Eday: postbox № KW17 89 and phone by Chris Downer
TQ2273 : Roehampton: red phone box in the High Street by Chris Downer
HU4346 : Gott: postbox № ZE2 9 and phone by Chris Downer
SN3610 : Ferryside: telephone box by Chris Downer
SK7227 : The Sands, Long Clawson by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3080 : London: red phone box, 151 Strand by Chris Downer
TF9143 : Wells-next-the-Sea: telephone box in Freeman Street by Chris Downer
TQ7468 : Rochester: postbox № ME1 388, High Street by Chris Downer
SE6052 : York: telephone box in Duncombe Place by Chris Downer
SK3587 : Sheffield: telephone box in West Street by Chris Downer
SY9089 : Cold Harbour: postbox № BH20 186 and phone box by Chris Downer
NG0787 : Finsbay: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SY6890 : Dorchester: phone boxes at Top o Town by Chris Downer
SY4596 : Salway Ash: Pixie Cottage, postbox and phone box by Chris Downer
SY8986 : East Stoke: the post office by Chris Downer

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

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