Boningale K6 Grade II Listed Telephone Box

 

The historic red telephone kiosk in Church Lane, Boningale is a Type K6. Designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, it is a cast iron square kiosk with domed roof and unperforated crowns to the top panels and margin glazing to the windows and doors. Many K6 type kiosks have survived across England and therefore are not necessarily of interest. Our kiosk however has a strong visual relationship with several listed buildings, and this explains why the Boningale box, unlike many others, was chosen for Grade II listing.

 

With mobile phones now a big part of our lives the infamous British red telephone boxes are being used less and less. Rather than remove them, BT set up a scheme to offer communities the opportunity to keep these telephone kiosks for the price of £1. Boningale Parish Council adopted our box in 2018.

 

Our telephone kiosk is somewhat unique as it leans backwards. It has been in this position for over 20 years when it was allegedly hit by a local resident's vehicle following a trip to the pub.

 

In 2021 the Parish Council together with a group of interested residents set about completely renovating the very dilapidated kiosk. It was a labour of love that took weeks of hard work by the volunteers generously funded by many residents and Boningale Parish Council. However, by the end of the year the kiosk had been returned to its former glory and ready to be used for a community project.

 

image of leaning Boningale red telephone kiosk in early stages of renovation
Image of volunteers restoring the Boningale red telephone box
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Image of telephone box following application of pink priming paint