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Quirky! Often see an it laying over in Ham and wondered "where" and "why". Turns out Morden (eventually) and God Knows , except a Liberal Councillor or two was almoste certainly involved!
"Terribly depressing" for some, maybe, but intensely interesting for me. Scenes of my childhood.
Does this bus really turn into Kingsmeadow, I've never seen it on a match day
The "Autumn Man" should rightly be called the "Four Seasons Man" I recognised him from your description, having worked in Raynes Park a Few years ago.

Part of this route travels along West Barnes Lane. It goes over both railway crossings and over it again on the flyover(but not on it). It must be the most twisted road in the UK.

My wife worked in the ELF petrol Garage in West Barnes Lane in the seventies(Raynes Park end). They had numerous enquiries of where number so and so was that they had a hand drawn map showing the two crossings and the windy bit at the end and the direct route between the crossings, all neatly numbered.
Eleven Plus Day at Tiffin Girls School was last Saturday. You went right past my house last Saturday and didn't drop by?

Long ago I used to use the K5 occasionally from Kingston to Kings Road if one was coming and it was raining or I had a tired toddler in tow - but now I don't have a Travelcard - and the toddler has just passed his driving test! - so I always walk.

Warburton Van Man wouldn't have too much trouble getting to the CoOp on Kings Road - that 100-yard stretch of the K5 is in fact part of a former tram route, and 30 years later became part of London's first trolleybus route, lasting right through to the last day of London's trolleybus operations. The 371 still went that way for another 30 years, until 1992.

@Graham - it doesn't quite pass Kingsmeadow, (let alone go in!) but joins Cambridge Road about 50 metres east of its main entrance.

@David - the link reveals that a local councillor was active in keeping the service through the Tudor estate: but he isn't a LibDem

The current K5 is cobbled together from bits of the old K5, K6, K9, K10 and 485, so no wonder it's a bit confused.

In 2001 it was, I believe, the first London route to operate bus with new-style "51-plate" registrations.

The current operator is, I think, the sixth -
Westlink (1989)
London & Country (1993, part of Arriva from 1998),
Tellings Golden Miller (1999),
Mitcham Belle (2001, taken over by Centra in 2004),
Transdev (2006), and finally
Quality Line (2011)

The K9 lives on as Epsom Coaches (Quality Line's) E16

One mystery remains - how did you get to Ham in the first place? The merry, mazy 371? Walk across the bridge from Teddington? Or are you going to combine this with your current series on ferries by telling us about a trip on Hammerton's ferry from Twickenham?
Pedant's Corner entry coming up: AFC Wimbledon are in what is now laughably called Skybet League Two. This is what used to be called Division Four in the days when professional football had a sensibly numbered structure.
Excellent post! I particularly like "quirky", especially from the comfort of my living room!
Further to Mike’s comment above: As well as the numbering puzzle, there’s the fact that West Barnes Lane is a dog-leg shape that looks like three separate roads. Originally, of course, it was a meandering country lane. The barns in the west belonged to Merton Priory which lost its lands during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the late 1530s.
After the last three, you deserve a nice straight run on something with two decks!

maybe the oldest - N97? (goes back to 1934)
Or the highest numbered? N551?
I sat my IGCSE Maths at a small college, now relocated, on West Barnes Lane, and I used the K5 to get there from Morden.

I did suggest the N47 before, as it is my favourite of the night buses (to Orpington and beyond - the cut price Toy Story tagline). But here's some other notable night ones...

N8 - you live on the 8, try the dangerous and violent version.
N9 - because Heathrow Terminal 5. Also the second longest.
N15 - this bus route is hardcore. Take at your own risk and beware those on the Dagenham/Romford/Barking/Becontree Lifeline.
N89 - the longest route and one of the straightest (the Lewisham to Bexley bit is one straight line)
N207 - the straightest route, but very boring (it's just the 607 at night).
N279 - Waltham Cross is something special in the silly hours.

Also, make sure you take either the first Londonbound night bus or the last outbound night bus, unless you pick your local N8 or N205 because of your sanity.
I have already ridden my 'N' bus, thanks.
But it is one of the buses in that list :)

And I picked the first outbound journey at the weekend, for added authenticity.
Wait and see...
If DG had travelled the route in the opposite direction, am I right in thinking the bus would display both its route number and destination using just five characters [ Ham K5 ]? I am guessing this would be the most minimalist display approved on the TfL bus network.
Oh, this sounds exciting! Unless it was the N207. That's even worse than dull.
Went out one day with my friend who lives in Morden. That looks a nice ride,she said.The K5 goes to Ham,we could visit Ham House,but it doesn't go anywhere near there does it?We ended up at that bus stand and from there walked until we found a sign for the river. No,we didn't throw ourselves in,but after that ride we felt like it! A mile and a half walk along the towpath brought us back to the sanity?of Kingston.😔
@Jo W
The terminus is not that far from Ham House, but because of the loopy course of the river you would actually have been better to walk in the opposite direction, away from the lock. If you did walk along the riverbank from the lock, Ham House is downstream (and muddy), Kingston is upstream.

But yes, there are quicker ways to get to Ham from Morden
Thanks for that info,timbo. But our decision to go upstream was based on the knowledge of quite a few good hostelries and by that time we were in need of some restoratives!
Indeed, you would walk a long way downstream to find any hostelry - the tea room at Ham House being the only one before Richmond. Nearest of all from Teddington lock are the two pubs on the Middlesex bank, just across the footbridge.

Minimalist bus blinds - the 8 and 65 occasionally have short workings to Bank and Ham respectively. Has the No 8's terminus ever been shown as plain "Bow", instead of Bow Church or Bow Garage?
Timbo : What's a tea room?
This was the longest route so far, at 12 miles and equal-most time consuming at 85 minutes. The rapid turnover of operators does at least mean that thius bus was relatively new, only the C2 being younger.

TfL's journet planner reckons you could do the journey in an hour by changing buses in Raynes Park and Kingston, and even more quickly by using a train for the second leg.

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