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HER Number:MDV78779
Name:Telephone Box, K6 Type


Telephone box, K6 type, 20th century design, Grade II.


Grid Reference:ST 089 016
Map Sheet:ST00SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishPayhembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPAYHEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 506656

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TELEPHONE BOX (XX to XXI - 1935 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2010, Payhembury (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV345822.

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. lt has modernised internal equipment. lt is in good condition (2009). The kiosk stands on a small patch of grass approximately 25m north west of three listed buildings: Lower House including rear garden walls (Grade ll*) and its Stable Block and Granary (both Grade ll). These three buildings provide the backdrop to the kiosk when viewed from the north and form a collective group with it. There is a strong visual relationship between the four buildings.

The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of 20th century 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 10,000 K6s were eventually produced. ln 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.

The K6 telephone kiosk in Payhembury is recommended for designation at Grade ll for the following principal reasons:
lt forms a strong visual grouping with three listed buildings, one of which is Grade ll*. lt is a representative example within a village setting of this important 20th century industrial design.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #105597 ]
SDV345822List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2010. Payhembury. Additions and Amendments to Checklist. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 16 2010 3:42PM