How much did things cost in 1957?
These are some prices of a few items in 1957.
|1957 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||5s 1d||£4.60|
|Pint of beer (bottled) [*]||2s||£1.80|
|20 cigarettes [*]||3s 11d||£3.60|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||11d||84p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||1s 8½d||£1.60|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||7d||53p|
|Pint of milk [*]||8d||61p|
|Butter ½lb [*]||1s 8d||£1.50|
|Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]||2s ½d||£1.80|
|Margarine 1lb [*]||1s 9d||£1.60|
|Lard 1lb [*]||1s 7½d||£1.50|
|Eggs 1 dozen [*]||3s||£2.70|
|Potatoes lb [*]||3d||23p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||4d||30p|
|Onions lb [*]||6d||46p|
|Eating apples lb [*]||1s||91p|
|Oranges lb [*]||1s 1d||99p|
|Ground coffee 8oz [*]||4s 2d||£3.80|
|Cocoa lb [*]||4s 6d||£4.10|
|Coal - 1cwt [*]||7s 5½d||£6.80|
|Bush TV63 14" television||64 guineas||£1,200|
|Ekco U819 table radio||20 guineas||£380|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||2d to 2½d||15p to 19p|
|Average house price||£2,030||£37,000|
|Ford Anglia car||£571||£10,000|
|Morphy-Richards Astral refrigerator||£66 3s||£1,200|
|English Electric Big washing machine||66 guineas||£1,300|
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).
For a comparison of prices in 1957 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1957
By Steven Braggs, December 2021, updated May 2022