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Listed status for historic phone box in Ballylesson

A rare working phone box designed by the architect of Battersea Power Station is to get protected status.

The telephone kiosk, in Ballylesson, Co Down, was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to celebrate King George V's Silver Jubilee.

Tens of thousands of Gilbert Scott's cast-iron phone boxes went up around the UK from 1936. But these kiosks are increasingly scarce, particularly functioning ones like the box on Ballylesson Road, which was installed well over half a century ago.

Lisburn and Castlereagh development committee agreed to support the listing at a meeting, after a notification from the Department for Communities.

In a notice to the council, the Historic Building Council said the kiosk was of historical and architectural interest for its age, authenticity and style.

Belfast Telegraph