K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1394065
Date first listed:
04-Oct-2010
Statutory Address:
K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK, HIGH STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK, HIGH STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Rutland (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Ketton
National Grid Reference:
SK9844205076

Reasons for Designation

The K6 telephone kiosk in Ketton, Rutland, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings * It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

Details

KETTON

349/0/10006 HIGH STREET 04-OCT-10 K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK

II K6 telephone kiosk

DESCRIPTION: The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in door and sides and with the crowns situated on the top panels being applied not perforated. There are rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow-curved roof. It has modernised internal equipment. It is in good condition, with a combination of glass and Perspex windows.

The kiosk is situated on the main road through the village of Ketton. It stands on a grassy verge opposite three listed buildings: the Gable House, Ketton House and East Wing Ketton Grange (all Grade II). The kiosk is located less than 30m to the north west of this row of listed buildings and therefore has a strong visual relationship with them collectively.

HISTORY: The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 for the General Post Office, on the occasion of King George V's Silver Jubilee. The K6 was a development from his earlier highly successful K2 telephone kiosk design of 1924, of Neo-classical inspiration. The K6 was more streamlined aesthetically, more compact and more cost-effective to mass produce. Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was one of the most important of modern British architects; his many celebrated commissions include the Anglican cathedral of Liverpool and Battersea power station. The K2 and K6 telephone kiosks can be said to represent a very thoughtful adaptation of architectural tradition to contemporary technological requirements. Well over 70,000 K6s were eventually produced. In the 1960s many were replaced with far plainer kiosk types. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION The K6 telephone kiosk in Ketton, Rutland, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * It has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings * It is a representative example within a village setting of this important C20 industrial design

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
506652
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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