On a recent weekend trip to Wales, I spotted this classic red callbox-cum-mini-library – located in a small hamlet somewhere in north Pembrokeshire and featuring a single bookcase.
The phone has been removed by BT due to lack of use but as British Telecom’s notice says inside:
“…a consultation on payphone removals has highlighted strong feelings towards the retention of red kiosks, without telephony service, for their heritage value alone.”
This K6 (I think?) kiosk, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a classic British icon, as red as Routemasters and pillar boxes, but was phased out as they fell into disuse.
I hadn’t heard of BT’s Adopt A Kiosk scheme but what a brilliant idea.
The BT site says that other red telephone boxes have been turned into “grocery shops, wildlife information centres and art galleries. The Community Heartbeat Trust charity has even installed defibrillators in some local boxes.”
A community library seems a good idea, especially where mobile library services are being cut. Not sure about the variety or quality of the books, though…
…but, still, it is great to see the Great British Phone Box live on.