How much did things cost in 1955?

These are some prices of a few items in 1955.

1955 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol4s 6½d£4.30
Pint of beer (bottled) [*]1s 11d£1.80
20 cigarettes [*]3s 7d£3.40
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]7½d60p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 8½d£1.60
Sugar 1lb [*]8d63p
Pint of milk [*]7d55p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 11d£1.80
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]2s 6d£2.40
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 8½d£1.60
Lard 1lb [*]1s 11d£1.80
Eggs 1 dozen [*]4s 7d£4.30
Potatoes lb [*]3d24p
Cabbages lb [*]4½d35p
Onions lb [*]5½d44p
Eating apples lb [*]1s 1d£1.00
Oranges lb [*]11d87p
Cocoa lb [*]4s 6d£4.30
Coal - 1cwt [*]6s 8d£6.30
Penguin chocolate bar3½d28p
Bush TV53 14" television 65 guineas£1,300
Ferranti M55 radio 13½ guineas£270
Qualcast Panther push lawn mower£7 7s 5d£140
The Daily Mirror newspaper2d16p
Average house price£1,937£37,000
Ford Anglia car£511£9,700
GEC refrigerator65 guineas£1,300
Hoover washing machine61 guineas£1,200
Invincible vacuum cleaner£19 17s 6d£380

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).

References

[1] 'The price of tea', published in the Manchester Guardian, 7 February 1955, page 8

By Steven Braggs, December 2021

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