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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SW6335 : Praze-an-Beeble: red telephone box by Chris Downer
SX4854 : The Navy by N Chadwick
SZ0891 : Bournemouth: phone boxes in Old Christchurch Road by Chris Downer
ST9022 : Ludwell: postbox № SP7 86 and phone, Coronation Drive by Chris Downer
ST8115 : Manston: a rather forlorn phone box by Chris Downer
TM2492 : Decrepit telephone box with a working phone at Silver Green by Adrian S Pye
ST4496 : Queen Elizabeth II postbox and a Grade II listed phonebox in Gaerllwyd, Monmouthshire by Jaggery
TQ2981 : Telephone Box in St Giles High Street. London by PAUL FARMER
TQ2582 : K2 phone box on Elgin Road by David Anstiss
ST3390 : Goldcroft Common bus stop and shelter, Caerleon by Jaggery
J2966 : Telephone box and letter box, Ballyskeagh near Lambeg by Albert Bridge
TQ8515 : Telephone Box on A259 by Oast House Archive
SZ0378 : Swanage: phone boxes outside the library by Chris Downer
SK6287 : K6 telephone kiosk, Retford Road, Blyth by Alan Murray-Rust
ST8013 : Fiddleford: red phone box by Chris Downer
TQ3080 : London: red phone box, 357 Strand by Chris Downer
SY4692 : Bridport: phone box in Tannery Road by Chris Downer
SZ0991 : Bournemouth: postbox № BH8 10, station approach by Chris Downer
ST9918 : Deanland: postbox № SP5 93 and phone by Chris Downer
NG4120 : Glenbrittle: phone box at the campsite by Chris Downer
SY4793 : Bridport: telephone box on Beaminster Road by Chris Downer
SS8588 : Grade II listed red phonebox, Llangynwyd by Jaggery
ST6316 : Sherborne: telephone box outside the post office by Chris Downer
SU9572 : Windsor Great Park: red telephone box by Chris Downer
ST8652 : Red phonebox, Brook Lane, Westbury by Jaggery

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

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