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The 5A (5) and 7 was a cross city service. It was a 7 on route to Portland Road and then became 5A when going to the other terminus at Perry Common. It commenced in 1926 as the 5 (city to Perry Common). 1927 saw the change to a cross city route 5 and 7. 1939 saw the extension to Court Lane 5A.
There was a 5 (5A) and 6. The 6 went to Sandon Road. Changes were made around the PTE time.
Curiously, as a youngster, I was intrigued by the name Perry Common. I knew of Perry Como, the American singer, I wondered if there was a connection in any way. Strange what you think as a child.
My eldest son once asked, when Edward Heath was defeated by Harold Wilson at a general election, "will Heathrow (airport) now be Wilson Row?"