Old phone box? No, it's the greatest British design of all time ... and it could be all yours

It's been voted the greatest British design of all time ... and if you've got £2,600 or so to spare, it could be all yours.

Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 12:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 1:35 pm
The K6 red telephone box that used to be sited at Monk's Gate, Horsham SUS-160429-130409001

It is in fact an iconic piece of Horsham’s history - a red telephone box that used to be sited at Monk’s Gate - and it’s being offered for sale by a firm which specialises in refurbishing old phone kiosks.

The telephone box is a K6 model, introduced in 1936 to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and was designed by the renowned architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott - who also designed Battersea Power Station.

In 2015, the iconic red phone booth was voted the greatest British design of all time, beating the likes of Mini Cooper and the Burberry mac to the top spot.

Now a firm known as X2 Connect, a supplier of refurbished red telephone boxes, is offering the former Monk’s Gate box for sale at £2,695, plus VAT and delivery - and the kiosk comes ‘with provenance’ - proving it is an original model.

It originally stood at the junction of Nuthurst Road and Monk’s Gate off the A281 south of Mannings Heath - and its telephone number was 01403 891398.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the traditional K6 kiosk, which is adorned with the St Edward’s Crown, otherwise known as the coronation crown.

X2 managing director Richard Parker said: “The red telephone box truly is a symbol of British culture.

“Although mobile phones have taken over the use of phone kiosks, people still love the aesthetics of the traditional red phone box.

“Purchasing a refurbished phone box is a fantastic way of incorporating an element of our country’s history into your home or garden.”

The firm says the phone box can be used ‘as a creative storage facility in the home, installed as a unique garden feature or converted into a functioning space, such as a bar.’

There are currently around 9,000 remaining traditional K6 red boxes across the UK out of 60,000 originally installed and many of them have been given a Grade II listing.

Payphone use has declined by 80 per cent in the last five years, according to reports, and 60 per cent of payphones now lose money.

The Horsham-based telephone box is undergoing a complete refurbishment and will include a new backboard, notice frame and the original notice panel.

The lucky buyer will also proudly own a certificate of its original location.