How much did things cost in 1953?

These are some prices of a few items in 1953.

1953 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 6½d£4.90
Pint of beer [*]1s 10d (bottled)£2
20 cigarettes [*]3s 7d£3.80
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]7½d67p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 2½d£1.30
Sugar 1lb [*]7½d67p
Pint of milk [*]7d63p
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 [*]2d18p
Cabbages lb [*]3¼d29p
Onions lb [*]4¾d42p
Eating apples lb [*]11½d£1
Oranges lb [*]10d89p
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 mower94s£100
The Daily Mirror newspaper1½d13p
Average house price£1,881£40,000
Ford Anglia car£511£11,000
Astral refrigerator38 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

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