Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council is looking to adopt the K6 phone kiosk on the junction of Main Street/High Street for the Community and would like to hear what the parishioners of Sutton-in-Craven would like to see it used for. Such suggestions will not bind the council, but they will be properly discussed and considered.
Upon purchase of the phone box the equipment will be removed. BT Payphones is not selling the land under the kiosk and the parish Council cannot acquire the land under the agreement.
There will be no changes made to the external appearance of the kiosk as a result of the adoption. The Parish Council will become responsible for the repair and maintenance of the kiosk.
The phone kiosk is a type known as K6 and its design was commissioned by the General Post Office in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V; thereafter this type of kiosk became known as the ‘Jubilee Kiosk’. Ironically, King George didn’t live long enough to see any of his commemorative kiosks installed – he passed away on 20th January 1936.
The Jubilee Kiosk became the first standard telephone box to be installed throughout Britain – between 1936 and the end of production in 1968, there were nearly 70,000 of them. The K6 kiosk is truly iconic in that it is recognisably British on a global scale, along with the Routemaster London buses and Post Office pillar boxes – all of them painted red.
The K6 was designed by English architect Sir Giles Gilbert, made by the Carron Company of Stirlingshire and was approved by the Royal Fine Arts Commission.
If you would like to suggest a use for the phone kiosk you can contact the Parish Council by email [email protected]