How much did things cost in 1954?
These are some prices of a few items in 1954.
|1954 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||4s 6½d||£4.80|
|Pint of beer||1s 10d (bottled) [*]||£1.90|
|20 cigarettes [*]||3s 7d||£3.80|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||7½d||66p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||1s 7¼d||£1.70|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||7½d||66p|
|Pint of milk [*]||7d||61p|
|Butter ½lb [*]||1s 10½d||£2|
|Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]||2s ½d||£2.10|
|Margarine 1lb [*]||1s 9d||£1.80|
|Lard 1lb [*]||2s ½d||£2.10|
|Eggs 1 dozen [*]||4s||£4.20|
|Potatoes lb [*]||2d||17p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||3½d||31p|
|Onions lb [*]||4¼d||37p|
|Eating apples lb [*]||11¼d||98p|
|Oranges lb [*]||1s||£1|
|Cocoa lb [*]||4s 6d||£4.70|
|Coal - 1cwt [*]||5s 9d||£6|
|Ferranti 17" television||75 guineas||£1,700|
|Ekco A160 radio in walnut cabinet||£26||£550|
|Qualcast Commando power lawn mower||£29 15s||£620|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||1½d||13p|
|Average house price||£1,863||£39,000|
|Ford Anglia car||£511||£11,000|
|Astral refrigerator||£44 18s||£940|
|Hoover washing machine||£46 2s 8d||£970|
|Filler Vx1 De luxe vacuum cleaner||£27 3s||£570|
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 1954 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1954
By Steven Braggs, December 2021, updated May 2022