How much did things cost in 1957?

These are some prices of a few items in 1957.

1957 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol5s 1d£4.40
Pint of beer (bottled) [*]2s£1.70
20 cigarettes [*]3s 11d£3.40
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]11d80p
Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz1s 8½d£1.50
Sugar 1lb [*]7d51p
Pint of milk [*]8d58p
Butter ½lb [*]1s 8d£1.50
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]2s ½d£1.80
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 9d£1.50
Lard 1lb [*]1s 7½d£1.40
Eggs 1 dozen [*]3s£2.60
Potatoes lb [*]3d22p
Cabbages lb [*]4d29p
Onions lb [*]6d44p
Eating apples lb [*]1s87p
Oranges lb [*]1s 1d94p
Ground coffee 8oz [*]4s 2d£3.60
Cocoa lb [*]4s 6d£3.90
Coal - 1cwt [*]7s 5½d£6.50
Bush TV63 14" television 64 guineas£1,200
Ekco U819 table radio 20 guineas£370
The Daily Mirror newspaper2d to 2½d15p to 18p
Average house price£2,030£35,000
Ford Anglia car£571£9,900
Morphy-Richards Astral refrigerator£66 3s£1,200
English Electric Big washing machine66 guineas£1,200

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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