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||£4.10|
|20 cigarettes||3s 7d||£4.40|
|Gillette razor blades (10)||2s 8d||£3.30|
|Scroll Star ballpoint pen||3s 6d||£4.30|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||6d||61p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||11d||£1.10|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||6d||61p|
|Pint of milk [*]||5½d||56p|
|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||£4.90|
|Potatoes lb [*]||2d||20p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||3d||31p|
|Onions lb [*]||5d||51p|
|Oranges lb [*]||10½d||£1.10|
|Cocoa lb [*]||3s 3d||£4|
|Coal - 1cwt [*]||4s 9½d||£5.90|
|Pye 12" television||£71||£1,700|
|Regentone A30 console radio||29 guineas||£750|
|Qualcast push lawn mower||79s 7d||£98|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||1d to 1½d||10p to 15p|
|Average house price||£2,000||£49,000|
|Austin A30 car||£507||£12,000|
|Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner||£12 12s||£310|
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).
For a comparison of prices in 1951 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1951
[*] Data are derived from the Retail Prices Index from July 1947 to 2004
By Steven Braggs, December 2021, updated May 2022