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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TQ3280 : Telephone Box by N Chadwick
D4500 : "K6" telephone box, Islandmagee by Albert Bridge
NM0243 : Baugh: postbox № PA77 103 and phone box by Chris Downer
J1148 : "K" telephone box, Lenaderg by Albert Bridge
SD7186 : Telephone Kiosk, Howgill Bridge by N Chadwick
ST7928 : Milton on Stour: finger-post finial by Chris Downer
SW4626 : Mousehole: postbox № TR19 122 and phone by Chris Downer
NT2072 : Telephone box, Corstorphine Rd by N Chadwick
SY7794 : Burleston: postbox № DT2 174 and phone box by Chris Downer
ST5424 : Red Telephone Box, Podimore by Rossographer
ST6715 : Haydon: postbox and phone box by Chris Downer
SY8682 : East Lulworth: the phone box has been repaired by Chris Downer
ST6504 : Minterne Magna: telephone box by Chris Downer
ND3090 : Longhope: approaching the harbour by Chris Downer
ST5111 : Hardington Mandeville: phone box on the High Street by Chris Downer
TQ0541 : Telephone or post? by N Chadwick
SW8032 : Falmouth: phone box next to the church by Chris Downer
SK1482 : Castleton: a red phone box by Chris Downer
TQ2682 : K2 Telephone Box outside Warrington Hotel by David Anstiss
ST4505 : Mosterton: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SK7383 : Clarborough telephone kiosk by Alan Murray-Rust
SK6821 : Postbox and telephone kiosk, Grimston by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3183 : K2 Kiosk, Upper Street by N Chadwick
NG1550 : Lower Milovaig: postbox № IV55 58 and phone by Chris Downer
HY4449 : Pierowall: phone box by Gill Pier by Chris Downer

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

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