Community Phone Box Project
The Phone box has been renamed The Tollard Tardis
The Tardis is now home to a defibrillator and book exchange. You will also find maps and suggested walks. The Defibrillator was supplied by Community Heart Beat
Local businesses all helped to deliver this project including the electrics kindly sorted out by Brian Kevern, the shelving was made by Churchview Joinery and the casing for the VOIP was made by Richard Davis from Davis for Building.
The Tardis received its new signage from Signrite based in Shaftesbury
Crown Decorating Centres kindly supplied the paint giving the Tardis its makeover
Sponsorship was provided from local businesses and parishioners including Rushmore Estate and Ashcombe estate, and Tollard Park Equestrian Centre and Park Cottage Riding Stables
About our Phone Box
In 1935 the K6 (kiosk number six) was designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. It was consequently sometimes known as the “Jubilee” kiosk. It went into production in 1936. The K6 was the first red telephone kiosk to be extensively used outside London, and many thousands were deployed in virtually every town and city, replacing most of the existing kiosks and establishing thousands of new sites. In 1935 there had been 19,000 public telephones in the UK: by 1940, thanks to the K6, there were 35,000.
The design was by Gilbert Scott, and was essentially a smaller and more streamlined version of the K2, intended to be produced at a considerably cheaper cost, and to occupy less pavement space.
So what’s in a crown? You can tell the model of the phone box, the date (pre- or post-1955), and which country you’re in.
In 1935 Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was commissioned to design a new cast-iron pubic telephone box to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of George V. This new, K6 telephone box incorporated in the casting, in each of its four sides, a relief of a crown representing the Imperial State Crown used by George V. The Imperial State Crown was remade in 1937 for George VI but the General Post Office (GPO) did not alter their moulds. When Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne the GPO changed the crown on the K6 to represent the St Edward’s crown adopted by her majesty. However, it was soon pointed out that the use of St Edward’s crown did not apply in Scotland as Her Majesty was not Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland. Consequently, in 1955 the fascias of the K6s were altered to enable either the St Edward’s or the Scottish crown to be slotted in, depending on location. The relevance of this for Tollard Royal is that our kiosk carries the Imperial State Crown so is pre 1955.
We even had a poem created for the grand opening
For a Portal into Space
But contemplate our brave K6
Giles Gilbert Scott’s superb quick fix
To Hold the once exigent phone
Communication far from home
Now life brand new this icon spies
A home to house a grander prize
Of life reviving, saving grace
Defibrillate the common place
And introduce a whiff of pride
That our brave village can provide.
Thus kindly giving zeal will seat
Community heart Beat at our feet.
The Tollard Tardis is now you see
A place where life renewed can be.