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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SW5934 : Fraddam: red telephone box by Chris Downer
HY4716 : Shapinsay: telephone box at Balfour by Chris Downer
NG3238 : Ullinish: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SY9282 : East Creech: postbox № BH20 190 and phone box by Chris Downer
ST9901 : Pamphill: phone box at Hillbutts by Chris Downer
ND3573 : Huna: postbox № KW1 28 and phone box by Chris Downer
ST5707 : Melbury Osmond: the telephone box by Chris Downer
NL9943 : Crossapol: postbox № PA77 114 and phone box by Chris Downer
SY6873 : Portland: phone box at Mallams by Chris Downer
NL9747 : Cornaig: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SZ0378 : Swanage: a phone box has been removed by Chris Downer
NM7233 : Lochdon: postbox № PA64 143 and phone by Chris Downer
SY4596 : Salway Ash: postbox № DT6 55 and phone by Chris Downer
TQ9017 : K6 phone box, High Street by Oast House Archive
SY6085 : Portesham: the green phone box by Chris Downer
SY9681 : Corfe Castle: postbox № BH20 125 and phone, East Street by Chris Downer
NF7004 : Ardmore: postbox № HS9 9 and phone by Chris Downer
SU1609 : Ibsley: ponies through a phone box by Chris Downer
TQ2582 : K2 Phone box on Lauderdale Road by David Anstiss
SK3587 : Sheffield: telephone boxes in Surrey Street by Chris Downer
TQ7468 : Rochester: phone boxes outside the old post office by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box in Wellington Street by Chris Downer
TQ8833 : K6 Phone Boxes, Ashford Road by Oast House Archive
SU3802 : Beaulieu: southern end of High Street by Chris Downer
TL4458 : Two telephone kiosks, Trumpington St by N Chadwick

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

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