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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SH7877 : Conwy: red phone box on the quay by Chris Downer
SK0876 : Peak Dale: phone box at Upper End by Chris Downer
SY9878 : Acton: phone box and bus shelter by Chris Downer
ST3800 : Marshwood: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SX8751 : Dartmouth: telephone box and cannon by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box in Duncannon Street by Chris Downer
TQ1131 : K6 Telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
ST6008 : Chetnole: red telephone box by Chris Downer
D0030 : Telephone Box, Stranocum by Rossographer
ST9806 : Witchampton: the telephone box by Chris Downer
HU5297 : Sellafirth: telephone box by Chris Downer
ST9417 : Tollard Royal: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SU2915 : Newbridge: telephone box and noticeboard by Chris Downer
SY9880 : Harmanís Cross: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SY9383 : Furzebrook: telephone box by Chris Downer
SY4794 : Bradpole: phone box on the corner of King William Head by Chris Downer
SU2313 : Fritham: postbox № SO43 110 and phone by Chris Downer
TQ0545 : Telephone Kiosk, Farley Green by N Chadwick
TQ0118 : Fittleworth: postbox and phone box by Chris Downer
SZ3398 : Pilley: postbox № SO41 102 by Chris Downer
SZ6299 : K6 Telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
SY9777 : Worth Matravers: village green and phone box by Chris Downer
SY5997 : Maiden Newton: telephone box in Church Road by Chris Downer
SY8486 : Wool: phone box and thatched cottage, High Street by Chris Downer
SY8193 : Briantspuddle: red telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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