How much did things cost in 1951?

These are some prices of a few items in 1951.

1951 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol3s 3¾d£3.90
20 cigarettes3s 7d£4.20
Gillette razor blades (10)2s 8d£3.10
Scroll Star ballpoint pen3s 6d£4
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]6d58p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz11d£1.10
Sugar 1lb [*]6d58p
Pint of milk [*]5 ½d54p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 3d£1.50
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]1s 2d£1.40
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 2d£1.40
Lard 1lb [*]1s 4d£1.60
Eggs 1 dozen [*]4s£4.70
Potatoes lb [*]2d20p
Cabbages lb [*]3d30p
Onions lb [*]5d50p
Oranges lb [*]10½d£1
Cocoa lb [*]3s 3d£3.80
Coal - 1cwt [*]4s 9½d£5.60
Pye 12" television £71£1,700
Regentone A30 console radio 29 guineas£700
Qualcast push lawn mower79s 7d£93
The Daily Mirror newspaper1d to 1½d10p to 15p
Average house pricec£2,000£47,000
Austin A30 car£507£12,000
Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner£12 12s£300

Prices are in pounds, shillings and pence.

Some shops priced more expensive items in guineas. A guinea is one pound and one shilling or £1.05.

The inflation adjusted prices are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

References

[*] Data are derived from the Retail Prices Index from July 1947 to 2004

By Steven Braggs, December 2021

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