Wednesday 9 July 2008 9.45pm
I think he was pulling your leg - Southwark Cathedral
has only been such since the end of the 19th century, before then it was a parish church.
Tooley St is a corruption of St Olave's St after the church that used to be on the river side of the street. Every map I've seen has a variation of that name.
The leather industry was centred a bit further south. There was an abbey with monks, but that was Bermondsey Abbey, dissolved under the reign of Henry VIII, and the leather trade started much later, reaching its heyday in the late 19th century.
Quite a few streets in Bermondsey deserve that name though...