Miskin Phone box

Miskin Phone box

The Phone box in the centre of Miskin is a grade 2 listed building

The iconic red telephone kiosk design was the result of a competition in 1924 to design a telephone box suitable for London Metropolitan Boroughs. A design by Giles Gilbert Scott, a British Architect, was chosen.

The box, to be known as the K2 was first deployed in London in 1926. The Post Office suggested it be painted red.

The K6 was introduced in 1935, designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. It was a smaller version of the K2, and went on to be installed prolifically around the country. It is the most recognised and iconic telephone box, that many people around the world are familiar with. The Miskin phone box is a K6 type.

Whilst this box has embossed George VI crowns (which date from 1936 onwards) this box was actually not installed until 1955, by which time Queen Elizabeth had been on the throne for 3 years.

In 2021 the ownership of the box was transferred to Pontyclun Town Council who in conjunction with local volunteers have repurposed it to house a community defibrilator.

Miskin Post box

Across the road from the telephone kiosk you can also find a Post box dating back to George V (1910-1936).

It is a Caron Company B size post box and if you look closely on top is what is left from a sign holder. It is not known whether this post box had a sign on it, but where they did these usually gave directions to the nearest post office. (which was near to the Phone box across the road)

For more information about the history of the community of Pontyclun please visit our online museum