Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Two Jubilee kiosks
The pair of K6 Telephone kiosks outside the Golden Lion are Grade II listed.
The kiosks are identical, constructed in cast iron, with three glazed sides in eight registers with margin lights, and a solid rear side with reeded decoration. The Soane-inspired canopy dome is placed above the four arched sides, each with a crown in relief above a glazed panel inscribed 'TELEPHONE'. The kiosks are placed back to back and contain modern telecommunications equipment.
The archetypal K6 telephone kiosk was introduced in 1935 to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V and is commonly known as the 'Jubilee Kiosk'. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as a development of his earlier K2 kiosk design of 1924. Its design has become iconic and represents the careful adaptation of Neoclassical design, influenced by the work of the Regency architect Sir John Soane, to a mass produced object with a modern technological function.
The logo on the flower-planter on the left references Stockport's three rivers, the Tame and Goyt which together form the Mersey.
A contribution to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.