Did you know that Camberwell has it’s own coat of arms? Well, at least the (now-defunct) Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell did.
The various elements of the arms represent the three constituent parts of the Borough. The wells are a ‘canting’ allusion to the name Camberwell, they also represent some of the many wells in the area, of which one was said to have healing properties, and was therefore associated with St. Giles, the patron saint of cripples.
I mentioned this in a comment recently.
The lion represents the Liberty of Peckham, it derives from the badge of Robert Earl of Gloucester, an illegitimate son of Henry I, who was Lord of the Manor of Peckham.
So the Leopard Man of Peckham has an illustrious forebearer!
The wounded hart and crosier, are emblems of St. Giles, to whom the Parish Church of Camberwell is dedicated. He is probably associated with Camberwell because of the well with healing powers, the name Camberwell is said to be derived from the ‘well of the crooked or cripples’ (camber being derived from an old word meaning crooked).
I’ve also tracked down a famous piano piece by Felix Mendelssohn called ‘Spring Song [MIDI file]’; the original title was ‘Camberwell Green’, as it was written when the composer stayed on Denmark Hill. It sounds like the music that would play in a silent movie when the damsel was introduced, shortly before being abducted and tied to a train track by a mustachioed, cape-twirling villain.