Red Combined Telephone Box and Post Office For Stamps, Kiosk No4,K4,1925 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Bridgefoot, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1WA
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Dimensions:3392 x 5472 px | 28.7 x 46.3 cm | 11.3 x 18.2 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:23 January 2019
Location:Bridgefoot Warrington, Cheshire, England, WA1 1WA
The K4 kiosk was designed by the Engineering Department of the General Post Office. It used the successful design of the K2 kiosk, by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, expanded to include a post box and stamp machine; it was an automated mini-Post Office. The K4 kiosk was enormous and was half as big again as the K2 kiosk. The K4 was introduced in limited numbers in Britain and production ceased within five years. Only 5 examples remain and are given Grade II listing status by English Heritage. Design The K4 kiosk is constructed of cast-iron sections, standing on a concrete base. The footprint of the K4 is rectangular, with one axis half as large again as the other. In form the K4 is a cuboid with a domed roof. Each side has fluted architrave moldings at the outer edge. At the base is a blank rectangular panel with trim molding-surround. Three sides of the kiosk are glazed with six rows of three rectangular panes of glass, edged with reeded moldings; on the longer sides there is an extra panel with trim molding to break up the mass. Between 1930 and 1935 only 50 examples of the K4 were installed. They remain a very rare sight. There are only 5 (10% of all K4 kiosks) separate listings for the K4 kiosk with English Heritage, and none elsewhere in Britain. These K4s are all outside London, in Bewdley (Worcestershire), Roos (East Yorkshire), Frodsham (Cheshire) and Warrington (Cheshire). Of the eight kiosk types introduced by the General Post Office, the K4 was the six-most populous type introduced, but the joint fourth-most populous type in terms of surviving kiosks. More at http://www.the-telephone-box.co.uk/kiosks/k4/