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Medina, 1 Creekside, Deptford, Borough of Lewisham, London SE8, 2002 • A 1910s-looking typeface, advertising who knows what – but I’d guess auto related, as this is a long-standing garage site. It’s now got a sign saying ‘windscreens / side windows’ over it. Medina is the name of Islam’s second holiest city, but it also simply means ‘town’ in Arabic and is generally used to describe old walled quarters.


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  1. Medina was an oil refining company, supplying cooking oil to, amongst others, the Union Castle liners that used to come into Deptford for a refit.
    The remaining building is the office block, a happy place to work according to a (late) relative who was employed there around 1925-1932.

    • Thanks for that evocative bit of history. So that fragment of wall encompassed the days of liners, the Deptford shipping trade, and a happy pre-war office. And now it’s all gone, including the Medina sign.

    • Hi Pat
      I think a relative of mine started the company, but I don’t kow anything about it. Except I think they meade Pears Soap? Can you fill in any more details? thank you

  2. You can still see the Medina logo under the flagpole at 3 Creekside – where the refinery was.

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