2013

ST5422 : Telephone Call Box, Limington

taken 11 years ago, near to Limington, Somerset, England

Telephone Call Box, Limington
Telephone Call Box, Limington
K6 telephone call box in the Somerset village of Limington. Taken at 23:58, the long exposure has captured both the interior lights from the box and the red glow from those in nearby Yeovil. See also ST5422 : Telephone Call Box, Limington for a view of the box in daylight.
K2 & K6 Telephone Boxes

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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This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2013 Automatic Clusters: · Somerset [3] · Telephone call Box [2] Other Photos: · Telephone Call Box, Limington Title Clusters: · Telephone Call Box, Limington [2] ·
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ST5422, 41 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Rossographer   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 8 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 August, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5407 2233 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:59.9111N 2:39.3536W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5408 2234
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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