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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TQ2879 : London: two phone boxes abutting Hyde Park by Chris Downer
SK1085 : Barber Booth: the telephone box by Chris Downer
ST8706 : Bryanston: pony and phone box by Chris Downer
SY6873 : Portland: phone box at Fortuneswell by Chris Downer
TQ4216 : Telephone Kiosk, Spithurst Rd by N Chadwick
ST7610 : Fifehead Neville: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SU1015 : Damerham: telephone box and The Cottage by Chris Downer
SY9777 : Telephone Kiosk, Worth Matravers by N Chadwick
SO9006 : Grade II listed red phonebox, George Street, Bisley by Jaggery
TQ4344 : Wheatsheaf Inn sign and telephone box by N Chadwick
SY8894 : Bloxworth: the old post office by Chris Downer
SK9744 : Sudbrook by Bob Harvey
TQ7736 : Telephone kiosk by N Chadwick
HY5730 : Eday: a phone box and a departing ferry by Chris Downer
SX2358 : Duloe Book Store by N Chadwick
TQ5243 : Telephone Kiosk, Penshurst by N Chadwick
SY7286 : Broadmayne: phone box in Chalky Road by Chris Downer
TQ3181 : 4 telephone kiosks by N Chadwick
NL9540 : Balephuil: postbox № PA77 136 and phone box by Chris Downer
HY4511 : Kirkwall: postbox № KW15 21 and phone, Bridge Street by Chris Downer
HY4701 : Holm: the old post office by Chris Downer
SK5904 : K6 telephone kiosks outside Leicester Station by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3470 : Telephone kiosk, Crystal Palace Park by N Chadwick
TL4558 : K6 Kiosks by N Chadwick
NF7738 : Stilligarry: postbox № HS8 60 and phone by Chris Downer

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

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