As with many places, street names can give you an idea of what went on in that area. If you look at some of the streets off Bermondsey Street (Leathermarket St, Tanner St, Morocco St, Lamb Walk) you can make the connection with tanning which was, until the first half of the 20th century, one of the major employers in the area.
Abbey Street, the Grange and Grange Walk are references to what used to be the general location of Bermondsey Abbey.
Other street names can be chosen to honour individuals and Brunel Way, Salter Road and Mandela Way are examples of that theme. Whilst the Local Authority will confirm a street name, members of the public can lobby for a particualr name and, at times, a change of name.