Falkirk Made Friends
Falkirk Made Friends was formed in Sept 2019 initially to save the six remaining working K6 phone boxes in the Falkirk area. Whilst researching the history of Carron Company's role as a supplier of cast iron phone boxes to the General Post Office (GPO) it was discovered that Carron Co won the first contract in Jan 1927 for 500 K2 phone boxes. Carron Co went on to supply the GPO with all four types of cast iron phone box and was the main contractor for letterboxes. FMF are in process of regenerating three of the K6 phone boxes as Time Kiosk displays. However, the pandemic has opened up a new context for understanding the contribution to public health made by the Falkirk area foundries. The area became a nationwide centre a beating ironheart for the Light Castings Industry making cast iron products that improved public health from 1759: These included Fireplaces, solid fuel Kitchen ranges, gas and electric cookers, hot water boilers, radiators, Baths, rainwater and sanitation and drainage fittings. FMF are now researching, mounting displays and publishing booklets to stimulate a shared vision for the future of the Carron Company clock tower.
Location10 Castle Drive, Airth, FK28GD
FMF leaflet No.1 The history of the cast iron phone box. 2020
FMF leaflet No.2 The Ladysmill K6 Time Kiosk Iron Trail display. 2021.