A classic red phone box has been transformed into a book exchange library in a small Bucks village.

After the phone box on Wash Hill in Wooburn Green was decommissioned in 2020 the local parish council was able to buy the phone box for just £1.

The plans were derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic but now the phone box has been converted into one of Buck's smallest libraries.

Bucks Free Press: The red phone box in Wooburn Green (Image: Phil Laybourne)The red phone box in Wooburn Green (Image: Phil Laybourne)

Books can be taken and left at the phone box that is situated opposite Wooburn Park.

The red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and is a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom.

From 1926 onwards, a gold crown representing the British government was embezzled into the phone boxes across the country.

The red phone boxes are often seen as a British cultural icon throughout the world.

Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, and in current or former British colonies around the world. The colour red was chosen to make them easy to spot.

Bucks Free Press: The books in the red phone box (Image: Phil Laybourne)The books in the red phone box (Image: Phil Laybourne)

A spokesman for the Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council (W&BEPC) said: We were made aware that the classic red phone box on Wash Hill was being decommissioned and that for £1 we could adopt it.

"The W&BEPC are very keen on maintaining heritage and the thought of losing such an iconic British statement was too great to contemplate so we were determined to keep it.

"Suggested uses were to house a defibrillator, but one was already available on the wall of the park pavilion or as popular in other parishes, a book exchange.

"The only expense would the fitting of shelves, running a light source, refurbishment, and annual maintenance. 

"The expense was approved by the council and work started.

"However, COVID stopped the first attempt at refurbishment but once that was over the box was completed.

"Councillors donated books and the book exchange went live on Friday, April 22.

"This is one of the many projects that W&BEPC have done or plan to do to enhance our wonderful parish amenities."