How much did things cost in 1952?

These are some prices of a few items in 1952.

1952 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 3d£4.70
Pint of beer (bottled) [*]1s 9½d£2
20 cigarettes3s 7d£4
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]7d65p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 1¼d£1.20
Sugar 1lb [*]7½d69p
Pint of milk [*]6½d60p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 6d£1.70
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]2s 2d£2.40
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 4d£1.50
Lard 1lb [*]1s 6d£1.70
Eggs 1 dozen [*]4s£4.40
Potatoes lb [*]2d19p
Cabbages lb [*]4½d42p
Onions lb [*]6d56p
Oranges lb [*]1s ¾d£1.10
Cocoa lb [*]3s 8d£4.10
Coal - 1cwt [*]5s 2½d£5.80
Murphy V200A 12" television £72 10s£1,600
Cossor Model 501 Silver Jubilee 'Melody Maker' radio £19 2s 11d£430
Qualcast push lawn mower94/-£100
The Daily Mirror newspaper1½d14p
Average house price£1,891£42,000
Ford Anglia car£313 10s£7,000
Ideal refrigerator£49 14s 4d£1,100
Hoover washing machine£42 7s£940
Hoover Junior vacuum cleaner£24£530

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 1952 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1952

By Steven Braggs, December 2021, updated May 2022

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