How much did things cost in 1956?

These are some prices of a few items in 1956.

1956 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol5s 4d£4.80
Pint of beer (bottled) [*]2s£1.8
Espresso in a coffee bar7d to 1s 3d[1]53p to £1.10
20 cigarettes [*]3s 10d£3.50
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]10½d79p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 7½d£1.50
Sugar 1lb [*]8d60p
Pint of milk [*]7d53p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 10½d£1.70
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]3s 2d£2.90
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 9d£1.60
Lard 1lb [*]1s 6½d£1.40
Eggs 1 dozen [*]3s£2.70
Potatoes lb [*]2½d19p
Cabbages lb [*]4d30p
Onions lb [*]6d45p
Eating apples lb [*]1s90p
Oranges lb [*]1s ½d94p
Ground coffee 8oz [*]4s 2d£3.80
Cocoa lb [*]4s 6d£4.00
Coal - 1cwt [*]7s ½d£6.30
Bush TV56 17"television 80 guineas£1,500
Bush DAC 90 radio £16 10s£300
Pam 710 transistor radio (Britain's first transistor radio) [2]£31 10s£570
Qualcast Powered Panther lawn mower£25 15s 9d£
The Daily Mirror newspaper2d15p
Average house price£2,003£36,000
Ford Anglia car£541£9,700
Electrolux refrigerator58 guineas£1,100
Hoover washing machine£47 16s£860
Invincible Popular vacuum cleaner£21 10s 3d£390

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

References

[1] 'Coffee comes to town', published in The Manchester Guardian 6 April 1956, page 13

[2] 'Radio! Radio!', third edition by Jonathan Hill, published by Sunrise Press, page 288

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