How much did things cost in 1954?

These are some prices of a few items in 1954.

1954 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 6½d£4.50
Pint of beer1s 10d (bottled) [*]£1.80
20 cigarettes [*]3s 7d£3.60
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]7½d62p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 7¼d£1.60
Sugar 1lb [*]7½d62p
Pint of milk [*]7d58p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 10½d£1.90
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]2s ½d£2.00
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 9d£1.70
Lard 1lb [*]2s ½d£2.00
Eggs 1 dozen [*]4s£4.00
Potatoes lb [*]2d17p
Cabbages lb [*]3½d29p
Onions lb [*]4¼d35p
Eating apples lb [*]11¼d93p
Oranges lb [*]1s£1.00
Cocoa lb [*]4s 6d£4.50
Coal - 1cwt [*]5s 9d£5.70
Ferranti 17" television 75 guineas£1,600
Ekco A160 radio in walnut cabinet £26£500
Qualcast Commando power lawn mower£29 15s£600
The Daily Mirror newspaper1½d12p
Average house price£1,863£37,000
Ford Anglia car£511£10,000
Astral refrigerator£44 18s£900
Hoover washing machine£46 2s 8d£900
Filler Vx1 De luxe vacuum cleaner£27 3s£540

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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