NL9443 : Middleton: the old post office

taken 5 years ago, near to Middleton, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Middleton: the old post office
Middleton: the old post office
One of two Tiree post offices that closed down around the year 2000 (leaving the island with three). Despite the fact that nearly fifteen years have gone by since the office's closure, it is still recognisable by the telephone box, still functional, alongside and the old Post Office sign still on the door (see NL9443 : Middleton: detail of the old post office door).
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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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 21 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services  Communications 
Primary Subject of Photo
Post Office 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NL 9444 4335 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:28.9662N 6:57.9137W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NL 9445 4337
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Post Office  Former Post Office  Telephone Box  Phone Box 

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