K1 Kiosk

Kiosk No. 1 was introduced, the first standard British Post Office design and primarily intended for use as an open-air public call office in rural areas, later superseded by the No. 3.

It was similar in design to the old wooden-box call offices, but was made up from three sections of reinforced concrete and fitted with a wooden door with the two sides and front containing glass panels.  Once the kiosk had been constructed it could then be painted any colour to meet local conditions. 

The most distinctive feature of this kiosk was the spear-like finial on the roof, and roof signs were added on certain obscure kiosks. 

An initial contract had been placed with Somerville & Company in March 1920 for the supply of 50 kiosks at a price of 35 each - this was reduced to 15 in following years because of demand.

Although the kiosk was quite successful, it was considered that a better design could be found.  Eventually by 1931 the installation of the No. 1 in rural areas was discontinued.

Concrete structure with pyramidal roof (1921) (Engineering Department).
Inside and outside treated roof with two coats of cream Snowcem or one coat of stipple paint to window frames and whole of door painted in Red 539.

Kiosk No. 1 Mark 235 Kiosk No. 1 Mark 236

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