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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TQ0118 : Fittleworth: phone box by the Swan Inn by Chris Downer
SY3492 : Lyme Regis: postbox № DT7 33 and phone, Summerhill Road by Chris Downer
SU8807 : Communication centre, Westerton by N Chadwick
TM1644 : K6 Kiosk, East Suffolk County Hall by N Chadwick
TF8709 : Necton: telephone box in Tuns Road by Chris Downer
SX2862 : Menheniot: the shop/post office by Chris Downer
TQ2679 : London: phone box in Prince Consort Road by Chris Downer
SK3447 : The Triangle, Belper by Alan Murray-Rust
ST6416 : Sherborne: Newland Garden by Chris Downer
NF8155 : Gramsdale: postbox № HS6 40 and phone by Chris Downer
HY4444 : Midbea: telephone box by Chris Downer
SX0991 : Boscastle: phone box and postbox by Chris Downer
HY2517 : Sandwick: telephone box on the B9055 by Chris Downer
SZ0178 : Herston: phone box outside the post office by Chris Downer
ST5457 : Compton Martin: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SU1717 : Woodgreen: phone box and bus shelter by Chris Downer
HU4939 : Bressay: telephone box at Grindiscol by Chris Downer
ST8291 : Village lack-of-communications centre by Alan Murray-Rust
ST5902 : Frome St. Quintin: phone box and shelter by Chris Downer
ST9764 : St. Edith’s Marsh: postbox № SN15 221 and redundant phone box by Chris Downer
SY4994 : Loders: school and telephone box by Chris Downer
SY6790 : Dorchester: doorless phone box in Wessex Road by Chris Downer
TQ5045 : Telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
TQ1869 : Kingston-upon-Thames: ‘Out of Order’ from the east by Chris Downer
SX7546 : Goveton: postbox № TQ7 16 by Chris Downer

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

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