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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SD9354 : K6 Kiosk by N Chadwick
NG3853 : Clachamish: postbox № IV51 16 by Chris Downer
SU0912 : Cripplestyle: phone box and crossroads by Chris Downer
HY6841 : Sanday: postbox № KW17 51, Lady by Chris Downer
TL4558 : Pair of K6 kiosks and War Memorial Shelter by N Chadwick
NF7862 : Baleshare: a bird trapped in a phone box by Chris Downer
HU1752 : Dale of Walls: telephone box and cottage by Chris Downer
SK6013 : K6 telephone kiosk and postbox, Cossington by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ7323 : Telephone Box outside Robertsbridge Station by N Chadwick
J5879 : Old telephone box, Donaghadee by Rossographer
SW4626 : Mousehole: a red phone box by Chris Downer
TQ0639 : Telephone box by N Chadwick
SY4692 : Bridport: phone box in East Street by Chris Downer
SY5288 : Swyre: telephone box by Chris Downer
ST4305 : Seaborough: telephone box by Chris Downer
ST8512 : Iwerne Courtney: phone box on Main Street by Chris Downer
NG2745 : Roskhill: postbox № IV55 28 and phone by Chris Downer
ST5260 : Nempnett Thrubwell: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SY9381 : Reading Room and telephone box by N Chadwick
ND3094 : Lyness: postbox № KW17 125 by Chris Downer
ST8615 : Sutton Waldron: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SZ0378 : Swanage: phone boxes outside the library by Chris Downer
ST8013 : Fiddleford: red phone box by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box, 357 Strand by Chris Downer
SZ0991 : Bournemouth: postbox № BH8 10, station approach by Chris Downer

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

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