This website tells the story of Britain's famous red telephone box. There are profiles of the different telephone boxes, a timeline, facts and figures and photographs, along with profiles of Britain's other street kiosks, including police boxes and motoring organisation boxes.
Parliament Square in London, is a popular location for tourists. More often that not, along with the historic buildings lining the square including the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, tourists will pause to have their pictures taken standing alongside or inside one of the red telephone boxes.
The Telephone Box has become an icon of British design, alongside the black taxi and the Routemaster bus. It is part of this nation's heritage and identity. However, from a peak of over 70,000 in the 1980s, today there only 11,000 red telephone kiosks surviving in public service.
Office of Engineer in Chief GPO
In 1926 the General Post Office introduced the K2 kiosk, Britain's first red Telephone Box. However the K2 was largely limited to London by General Post Office policy due its cost and size. Without a cost-effective solution for rural areas the General Post Office turned again to the K1 and set about revising the Mk 235 design more thoroughly. The revisions extended to larger windows, but the essential form... Read more »