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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HU4587 : West Sandwick: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SK6991 : K6 telephone kiosk, Everton by Alan Murray-Rust
SY5386 : West Bexington: postbox № DT2 119 and phone box by Chris Downer
TM1643 : Telephone Kiosk, Stoke Bridge by N Chadwick
NM9134 : Telephone box - Connel village by TheTurfBurner
SY6971 : Easton: close-up of the Wakeham information kiosk by Chris Downer
SY8787 : East Stoke: phone box at Stokeford by Chris Downer
ST5810 : Ryme Intrinseca: the book exchange by Chris Downer
ST6316 : Sherborne: looking up Cheap Street by Chris Downer
NF7862 : Baleshare: a red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST8211 : Shillingstone: cottage, postbox and phone box by Chris Downer
SY7387 : West Knighton: phone box and redundant postbox by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : Telephone Kiosk, Victoria Embankment by N Chadwick
TQ2682 : Pair of K2 Telephone Boxes outside Warrington Hotel by David Anstiss
SY4791 : Bothenhampton: phone-box roof by Chris Downer
SZ2697 : Tiptoe: telephone box by Chris Downer
SZ0278 : Swanage: telephone box outside the station by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes, 84 Strand by Chris Downer
HU4760 : Billister: the telephone box by Chris Downer
ST6316 : Sherborne: phone box in Half Moon Street by Chris Downer
SY8280 : West Lulworth: phone box by School Lane corner by Chris Downer
SO9937 : Ashton under Hill: postbox № WR11 158 and phone by Chris Downer
TQ2680 : Hyde Park: telephone box in snow by Chris Downer
SZ4879 : Chale Green: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SH5271 : Llanfairpwllgwyngyll: reused telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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