How much did things cost in 1953?
These are some prices of a few items in 1953.
|1953 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||4s 6½d||£4.90|
|Pint of beer [*]||1s 10d (bottled)||£2|
|20 cigarettes [*]||3s 7d||£3.80|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||7½d||67p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||1s 2½d||£1.30|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||7½d||67p|
|Pint of milk [*]||7d||63p|
|Butter ½lb [*]||1s 8d||£1.80|
|Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]||2s 2d||£2.30|
|Margarine 1lb [*]||1s 6d||£1.60|
|Lard 1lb [*]||1s 8d||£1.80|
|Eggs 1 dozen [*]||4s 3½d||£4.60|
|Potatoes lb [*]||2d||18p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||3¼d||29p|
|Onions lb [*]||4¾d||42p|
|Eating apples lb [*]||11½d||£1|
|Oranges lb [*]||10d||89p|
|Cocoa lb [*]||3s 8d||£3.90|
|Coal - 1cwt [*]||5s 5½d||£5.80|
|Bush TV32 14" television||60 guineas||£1,400|
|Regentone A133 radio||19 guineas||£430|
|Qualcast push lawn mower||94s||£100|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||1½d||13p|
|Average house price||£1,881||£40,000|
|Ford Anglia car||£511||£11,000|
|Astral refrigerator||38 guineas||£860|
|Hoover washing machine||£49 17s||£1,100|
|Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner||£20 4s 3d||£430|
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 1953 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1953
By Steven Braggs, December 2021, updated May 2022