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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SY6990 : Dorchester: phone box on Weymouth Avenue by Chris Downer
TQ7818 : Sedlescombe telephone exchange by Oast House Archive
SU0306 : Holtwood: postbox № BH21 20, phone, notice board by Chris Downer
TQ1568 : Telephone Kiosk outside Hampton Court by N Chadwick
SU2517 : Nomansland: postbox № SP5 326 and phone by Chris Downer
SY6971 : Easton: information kiosk in Wakeham by Chris Downer
SY9188 : Wareham: telephone box at the station by Chris Downer
ST5422 : Telephone Call Box, Limington by Rossographer
ST7632 : Gasper: postbox № BA12 79 and phone by Chris Downer
HU3455 : Aith: telephone box and lifeboat station by Chris Downer
SY5898 : Chilfrome: telephone box and signposts by Chris Downer
ST7908 : Belchalwell: the hidden telephone box by Chris Downer
HU4010 : Sumburgh: phone and toilets at Grutness pier by Chris Downer
TQ3180 : K2 Kiosk, Victoria Embankment by N Chadwick
SZ6299 : An accurately located doorway by N Chadwick
TR3664 : K6 Kiosk, Pegwell Rd by N Chadwick
ST8104 : Winterborne Houghton: phone and postbox by Chris Downer
TL4558 : Telephone Kiosk, St Andrew's Street by N Chadwick
SY5196 : Powerstock: red and yellow on School Hill by Chris Downer
J5962 : K6 telephone box, Kircubbin (2013-1) by Albert Bridge
SX9780 : The Anchor Inn by N Chadwick
SZ0378 : Swanage: the library by Chris Downer
SX8960 : Paignton: phone box by harbour entrance by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes outside King’s College, Strand by Chris Downer
SU5495 : Clifton Hampden: the post office by Chris Downer

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

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