How much did things cost in 1952?

These are some prices of a few items in 1952.

1952 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 3d£4.50
Pint of beer (bottled) [*]1s 9½d£1.90
20 cigarettes3s 7d£3.80
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]7d60p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 1¼d£1.20
Sugar 1lb [*]7½d65p
Pint of milk [*]6 ½d57p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 6d£1.60
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]2s 2d£2.30
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 4d£1.40
Lard 1lb [*]1s 6d£1.60
Eggs 1 dozen [*]4s£4.20
Potatoes lb [*]2d18p
Cabbages lb [*]4½d40p
Onions lb [*]6d53p
Oranges lb [*]1s ¾d£1.10
Cocoa lb [*]3s 8d£3.90
Coal - 1cwt [*]5s 2½d£5.50
Murphy V200A 12" television £72 10s£1,500
Cossor Model 501 Silver Jubilee 'Melody Maker' radio £19 2s 11d£400
Qualcast push lawn mower94/-£
The Daily Mirror newspaper1½d13p
Average house price£1,891£40,000
Ford Anglia car£313 10s£6,600
Ideal refrigerator£49 14s 4d£1,050
Hoover washing machine£42 7s£900
Hoover Junior vacuum cleaner£24£500

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).

By Steven Braggs, December 2021

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