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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SP5365 : Braunston: telephone box alongside the main road by Chris Downer
SZ0382 : Studland: telephone box and exchange by Chris Downer
HU6290 : Fetlar: mural and disused phone box by Chris Downer
J1562 : "K6" telephone box, Soldierstown, Moira/Aghalee (August 2014) by Albert Bridge
ST9400 : Sturminster Marshall: phone box and signpost by Chris Downer
TG0507 : Telephone Kiosk, Runhall by N Chadwick
HU3721 : Bigton: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SY4692 : Bridport: postbox № DT6 65 and phone, Alexandra Road by Chris Downer
NM0547 : Kirkapol: the telephone box by Chris Downer
ST9117 : Ashmore: telephone box by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone boxes either side of Craven Street by Chris Downer
SY3492 : Lyme Regis: postbox and phone box at town centre steps by Chris Downer
TQ8209 : K6 Kiosk by N Chadwick
TQ2879 : London: telephone box on Knightsbridge by Chris Downer
SY8494 : Bere Regis: postbox № BH20 325, Rye Hill by Chris Downer
SZ6399 : Telephone Kiosk, Gunwharf Quay by N Chadwick
ST5917 : Nether Compton: signpost and phone box by Chris Downer
TQ2880 : Two telephones, Curzon St by N Chadwick
SY7387 : West Knighton: postboxes old and new by Chris Downer
SZ1597 : Sopley: postbox № BH23 43 and phone box by Chris Downer
ST3715 : Whitelackington: postbox № TA19 22, phone box and eggboxes by Chris Downer
HU4439 : Gulberwick: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SY9777 : Worth Matravers: the village green by Chris Downer
J3374 : Telephone box, Belfast by Albert Bridge
ST9717 : Woodcutts: redundant telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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