J6248 : Rural phone box near Portaferry

taken 15 years ago, near to Strangford, Northern Ireland

Rural phone box near Portaferry
Rural phone box near Portaferry
Old type box (still with phone) on the Quintin Bay Road near the corner of the Ballyquintin Road (background).
Telephone boxes, Northern Ireland

A series of photographs showing some of the public telephone boxes in Northern Ireland. With the widespread ownership of mobiles the use of the public phone had declined. I have a notion that they will become like railways still some left but most closed.

Note added 16 February 2019 - some BT boxes will be replaced by InLink kiosks.

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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J6248, 36 images   (more nearby search)
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Monday, 9 June, 2008   (more nearby)
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Monday, 9 June, 2008
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Telephone Box   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 629 488 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.7203N 5:29.6690W
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Irish: geotagged! J 629 488
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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