How much did things cost in 1956?
These are some prices of a few items in 1956.
|1956 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||5s 4d||£4.80|
|Pint of beer (bottled) [*]||2s||£1.8|
|Espresso in a coffee bar||7d to 1s 3d||53p to £1.10|
|20 cigarettes [*]||3s 10d||£3.50|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||10½d||79p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||1s 7½d||£1.50|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||8d||60p|
|Pint of milk [*]||7d||53p|
|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 [*]||2½d||19p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||4d||30p|
|Onions lb [*]||6d||45p|
|Eating apples lb [*]||1s||90p|
|Oranges lb [*]||1s ½d||94p|
|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) ||£31 10s||£570|
|Qualcast Powered Panther lawn mower||£25 15s 9d||£|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||2d||15p|
|Average house price||£2,003||£36,000|
|Ford Anglia car||£541||£9,700|
|Electrolux refrigerator||58 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
 'Coffee comes to town', published in The Manchester Guardian 6 April 1956, page 13
 'Radio! Radio!', third edition by Jonathan Hill, published by Sunrise Press, page 288