Welcome to Harlands Community

Primary & Nursery School

Community Library

Harlands Community Library

How we set up our community library


Grand Opening Day

Moving to new location


In 1953 the new Queen, Elizabeth II, decided to replace the Tudor Crown in all contexts with a representation of the actual crown generally used for British coronations, the St Edward's Crown. This new symbol therefore began to appear on the fascias of K6 kiosks.

St Edward's Crown was initially used on kiosks in all parts of the United Kingdom.

The crowns were originally painted the same red as the rest of the box. However, since the early 1990s, when the heritage value of red kiosks began to be widely recognised, British Telecom has picked out the crowns (on both K2s and K6s) in gold paint.



Glazing the phonebox

Painting the top coat on the phone box - February half term

Painting the undercoat on the phone box - February half term

Painting the 24 large frames & 48 small frames Christmas holidays

Painting 24 large window frames

Painting 48 small window frames

Stripping out and preparing the telephone box Christmas holidays

Stripping out the inside

Preparing the outside frames

Preparing the inside frames

The arrival at Harlands November

The Project Begins


Harlands school put in a successful bid to the Bedgebury Foundation to fund the refurbishment of the telephone box and also to fill the box full of books.

Volunteers and children helped to restore and repair the phone box to its original colour.

November 2021

In November 2021 Thornes civil engineers lifted the phone box from its position and delivered the phone box to Harlands school so that it could be refurbished and fitted with a library full of books.

K6 Telephone Box

In 1935 the K6 was designed to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of 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 again by Giles 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.


  • Size. The K6 was 2.51 m tall and weighed 0.69 tonnes.

  • The Crown motif, which had previously been pierced through the ironwork to give ventilation, was now embossed in bas-relief. A new, separate ventilation slot was provided.

  • A new glazing pattern was introduced. In the K6 the number of rows of glass was increased to 8, and the central column of panes was made considerably wider than previous ones. This improved visibility, and gave a more horizontal appearance to the windows.

Back in 2008

In 2008 the phone stood opposite the station where there is now a cycle rack for commuters. The telephone box was decommissioned when the built a new car park for the commuters.

The telephone box was left on the side for about three years when we put in a suggestion to the town council that we turn the phone box into a children’s community library to benefit the children on the Harlands estate.