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Hulness...Is a White Telephone Box...

07 September 2013 hallmark-hotel-hull


  Since joining the team at the Hallmark Hotel Hull I have noticed that there is plenty that is distinctive about Hull and its surrounding area. The local dialect is one such example, but perhaps the most obvious example of its uniqueness is that it has different colour telephone boxes to anyone else in the UK - they are cream. This curious colour quirk is down to the fact that Hull is the only city in the UK with its own independent telephone company, KC (once known as Kingston Communications), founded in 1902. To complete the colour co-ordination KC also produces its own 'White Pages' for residential numbers and 'Colour Pages' for business numbers, as opposed to the 'Yellow Pages' - both still produced today despite the advent of the internet search engine It's not just the livery that gives KC some "firsts" in the world of telecoms it was among the first firms in Europe to offer ADSL lines to business users, and the first in the world to operate an interactive ADSL-based TV facility. But, it is the colour for which the firm is best-known and this telephonic treat was actually named as one of the key elements of "Hullness", a name coined when Arc, the architecture centre for Hull, attempted to find out what made the city special.download (3) As Arc acknowledges, it isn’t just the colour of the boxes that is attractive, some credit has to go to the design of the K6 telephone box model by Battersea Power station designer Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960). Giles’ father, George Gilbert Scott junior (1839 -1897) also made an impact on Hull – he designed the Victorian 'villas' on Salisbury Street. Meanwhile, clues as to whether Sir Giles approved of Hull’s cream coloured phone boxes are to be found in his response to the Royal Fine Arts Commission who endorsed Post Office red as the standard colour. Scott, apparently, did not approve and suggested that the outside of urban boxes be painted silver and rural kiosks be dove-grey. By Paul Nixon

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