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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SZ1891 : Hengistbury Head: phone box on Mudeford Spit by Chris Downer
TR2336 : Telephone box art installation by Oast House Archive
SZ3699 : East Boldre: red phone box at the south end of the village by Chris Downer
NC4167 : Durness: the youth hostel by Chris Downer
TG2540 : Telephone Kiosk, Mundesley Rd by N Chadwick
SX7438 : Telephone Kiosk, East Portlemouth by N Chadwick
TQ3975 : Lee Green: phone box outside the Manor House by Chris Downer
SW5130 : Marazion: phone box on The Square by Chris Downer
SZ1694 : Burton: telephone box in Martins Hill Lane by Chris Downer
SK7284 : Local communications by Alan Murray-Rust
NL9546 : Balevullin: the telephone box by Chris Downer
NM8845 : Port Ramsay Telephone & Post Box by TheTurfBurner
NL9643 : Heylipol: red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST7008 : Pulham: red telephone box by Chris Downer
HU4020 : Levenwick: telephone box on the A970 by Chris Downer
TQ4707 : Firle Stores and Post Office. by N Chadwick
NB5061 : Ness: the post office by Chris Downer
NF7202 : Bruernish: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SK6821 : Postbox and telephone kiosk, Grimston by Alan Murray-Rust
SW3425 : Landís End: two red phone boxes by Chris Downer
HY4449 : Pierowall: phone box by Gill Pier by Chris Downer
NG1550 : Lower Milovaig: postbox № IV55 58 and phone by Chris Downer
TQ3183 : K2 Kiosk, Upper Street by N Chadwick
SK7383 : Clarborough telephone kiosk by Alan Murray-Rust
ST4505 : Mosterton: red telephone box by Chris Downer

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

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