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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SW4730 : Penzance: phone boxes in Market Jew Street by Chris Downer
TF8944 : K6 telephone Kiosk by N Chadwick
SZ3195 : Pennington: red phone box at The Square by Chris Downer
TF3012 : Shepeau Stow: an ivy-clad phone box by Chris Downer
SY7290 : Lower Bockhampton: the telephone box by Chris Downer
SO6051 : K6 phone box at Little Cowarne by Oast House Archive
TQ3180 : K2 Kiosk, Victoria Embankment by N Chadwick
SZ2991 : Milford on Sea: phone box on Hurst Road by Chris Downer
TL4558 : Pair of K6 Kiosks, Sidney St by N Chadwick
SU2771 : Ramsbury: telephone box by Chris Downer
ST8615 : Sutton Waldron: postbox № DT11 145 by Chris Downer
SY6971 : Portland: postbox № DT5 57 and phone, Straits by Chris Downer
SZ2991 : Milford on Sea: postbox № SO41 149 and phone, High Street by Chris Downer
SY3293 : Uplyme: telephone box by Chris Downer
NF7738 : Stilligarry: former MacLeod Bros. stores by Chris Downer
SY6488 : Winterborne St. Martin: red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST7813 : Sturminster Newton: phone box on Newton Hill by Chris Downer
ST9717 : Woodcutts: phone box and house by Chris Downer
HU2943 : Wester Skeld: postbox № ZE2 81 and phone by Chris Downer
ST1891 : Cwmfelinfach: phone box and grit bin by Chris Downer
SK3587 : Sheffield: postbox № S1 9, Pinfold Street by Chris Downer
SP3166 : Three phone boxes, Clarendon Avenue by Alan Murray-Rust
ST8300 : Winterborne Whitechurch: telephone box by Chris Downer
SZ1694 : Burton: telephone box on Stoney Lane by Chris Downer
SK3449 : K6 telephone kiosk, Broadholme, Belper by Alan Murray-Rust

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

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