K6 telephone box & the Fortingall Yew

K6 telephone box, UK – Sir Giles Gilbert Scott – 1935

K6 telephone box and the Fortingall Yew tree

I had a lovely trip last weekend to Glen Lyon in Perthshire, so I thought I’d strike a pose in front of this classic phone box with the oldest tree in Europe (and possibly the world), the Fortingall Yew, in the background. The tree is believed to be about 5,000 years old and Pontius Pilate was meant to have grown up in the village – you can find out more about the Fortingall Yew here. But enough about nature, back to my deco!

I know this isn’t exactly a factory, but the K6 telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed Bankside Power Station and Battersea Power Station. The K6 was the most popular box he designed for the General Post Office, it followed his K2 from the 1920s – you can find out more about red phone boxes here. The Twentieth Century Society have recently launched a campaign to save the K8 designed by Bruce Martin in 1968. There are believed to be only 12 examples of the K8 left in Britain – it is my mission to try and strike a pose by one of them soon…

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  1. says

    What an absolutely brilliant site! I was browsing for pictures for a possible Deco show garden and came upon your site. I must say you look pretty cool and I would like to appear on your friends page, although we could never be real friends because I also hate other dogs. But we have much in common – I am an oversized (not fat mind you, not at all fat, just bigger than normal) Westie of advancing years, enjoy the odd rabbit/pheasant/cat chase, Deco and Arts % Crafts, Hole-Digging and most of the less refined dog activities. I can provide you with a cracking pic but just don’t know how to send it to you. Anyway, keep up the good work – I often pose outside Norwich Town Hall, have you modelled there yet? It is not a particularly attractive piece of Deco, more Grim than Great Gatsby, but Deco nevertheless.
    Best of Bumsniffs,
    From Macintosh

    • doganddeco says

      Hi Macintosh – Thanks for your great comment. It sounds like you’ve got some very admirable interests – I’d love to include you as a pen-pal in my Friends section, I’ll email your PA with the best way to get a photo to me. Are you on Twitter? If so let me know and I’ll follow you there too. I’ve never been to Norwich, but next time I’m in that area I’ll swing by the town hall and strike a pose. There’s actually a number of good Deco town halls around the country I’ve been thinking about posing at – perhaps I’ll start a new section, or you could even start a new site: Dog, Deco and Arts & Crafts Town Halls and Gardens (name would probably need to have a snappier ring to it)…
      B o Bs back,
      Mr P

  2. Anonymous says

    Think some nasty Georgian vandals set fire to part of the Fortingall Yew, the next door Arts and Crafts Fortingall Hotel is pretty chic too.

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