The mysterious stained glass London telephone box that has puzzled historians for years

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The phone box can be found near Temple station next to the River Thames

The classic red phone box is a familiar sight for anyone walking the streets of London.

Along with the famous red London buses , the phone box is a recognisable nod to the city’s great history .

Tourists can often be seen posing for photographs outside these phone boxes to mark their trip to the capital.

However, there’s one phone box in the capital even more ornate and recognisable than all the rest.

Between Temple and Blackfriars Tube stations, on the bank of the River Thames , you will find London’s only stained glass phone box.

One side of the phone box has been embellished with colourful stained glass depicting a figure of a mysterious knight.

According to The Londonist , the phone box was first noticed in 2019, and has been catching the attention of passers-by ever since.

The most puzzling thing about this phone box is that no one knows who is responsible for installing the stained glass.

Historians have researched the phone box, such as David Hay from the Sainsbury Archives who investigated the installation and contacted a number of sources.

David was ultimately unable to find out where it came from.

David even contacted BT for comment, and they too have absolutely no idea where the knight came from or who put it there and said they did not give permission for the stained glass to be installed.

The knight could easily be a reference to the Templars, an ancient order of knights who used to reside in that area of London – with Temple Church just a stone’s throw away.

However, why the knight feels the need to watch over innocent people making a phone call is still unknown.

Although the stained glass phone box is certainly a source of mystery, it’s a talking point worth visiting and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face if you’re ever in the area.

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