How much did things cost in 1951?
These are some prices of a few items in 1951.
|1951 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||3s 3¾d||£3.90|
|20 cigarettes||3s 7d||£4.20|
|Gillette razor blades (10)||2s 8d||£3.10|
|Scroll Star ballpoint pen||3s 6d||£4|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||6d||58p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||11d||£1.10|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||6d||58p|
|Pint of milk [*]||5 ½d||54p|
|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 [*]||2d||20p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||3d||30p|
|Onions lb [*]||5d||50p|
|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 mower||79s 7d||£93|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||1d to 1½d||10p to 15p|
|Average house price||c£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).
[*] Data are derived from the Retail Prices Index from July 1947 to 2004
By Steven Braggs, December 2021