How much did things cost in 1952?
These are some prices of a few items in 1952.
|1952 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||4s 3d||£4.70|
|Pint of beer (bottled) [*]||1s 9½d||£2|
|20 cigarettes||3s 7d||£4|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||7d||65p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||1s 1¼d||£1.20|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||7½d||69p|
|Pint of milk [*]||6½d||60p|
|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 [*]||2d||19p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||4½d||42p|
|Onions lb [*]||6d||56p|
|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 mower||94/-||£100|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||1½d||14p|
|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