How much did things cost in 1953?

These are some prices of a few items in 1953.

1953 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 6½d£4.60
Pint of beer [*]1s 10d (bottled)£1.90
20 cigarettes [*]3s 7d£3.70
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]7½d63p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 2½d£1.20
Sugar 1lb [*]7½d63p
Pint of milk [*]7d60p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 8d£1.70
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]2s 2d£2.20
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 6d£1.50
Lard 1lb [*]1s 8d£1.70
Eggs 1 dozen [*]4s 3½d£4.40
Potatoes lb [*]2d17p
Cabbages lb [*]3¼d28p
Onions lb [*]4¾d40p
Eating apples lb [*]11½d98p
Oranges lb [*]10d85p
Cocoa lb [*]3s 8d£3.70
Coal - 1cwt [*]5s 5½d£5.60
Bush TV32 14" television 60 guineas£1,300
Regentone A133 radio 19 guineas£400
Qualcast push lawn mower94s£80
The Daily Mirror newspaper1½d13p
Average house price£1,881£38,000
Ford Anglia car£511£10,000
Astral refrigerator38 guineas£800
Hoover washing machine£49 17s£1,000
Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner£20 4s 3d£400

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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