Dialling into history: Charlton’s Grade II-listed telephone boxes

K2 telephone box on Wyndcliff Road, Charlton.

Charlton House might be the first place that comes to mind if someone asks about listed buildings in SE7, but did you know that there are two Grade II-listed telephone boxes in Charlton?

The phone boxes – one located at the top end of Wyndcliff Road and the other on Charlton Road opposite Charlton House – are K2s, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. They were built sometime between 1926 and 1935.

According to The Telephone Box website, around 1,700 boxes of this iconic design were installed before a slimmed down design (the K3) was rolled out, and 224 examples remain in London today.

Charlton’s examples still seem to work (unlike some more recent models) but could do with a little TLC; the one on Charlton Road in particular is missing quite a few panes of glass. Responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of public telephone boxes lies with BT, which plans to scrap half of the payphones it manages in response to the dramatic decline in use since mobile phones gained widespread adoption. Grade II-listed status should hopefully protect these two examples.

See all the listed buildings in Greenwich borough.

K2 telephone box on Wyndcliff Road, Charlton.
K2 telephone box on Wyndcliff Road, Charlton.
K2 phone box on Charlton Road, near Charlton Church Lane.
K2 phone box on Charlton Road, near Charlton Church Lane.
K2 phone box on Charlton Road, near Charlton Church Lane.
K2 phone box on Charlton Road, near Charlton Church Lane.

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