How much did things cost in 1958?
These are some prices of a few items in 1958.
|1958 price||Inflation adjusted|
|Gallon of petrol||5s 8¼d||£5|
|Pint of beer (bottled) [*]||2s||£1.80|
|20 cigarettes [*]||3s 11d||£3.50|
|Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]||11d||81p|
|Loose leaf tea [*] 4oz||1s 8d||£1.50|
|Sugar 1lb [*]||7½d||56p|
|Pint of milk [*]||8d||59p|
|Butter ½lb [*]||1s 5d||£1.30|
|Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]||2s 5d||£2.10|
|Margarine 1lb [*]||1s 8d||£1.50|
|Lard 1lb [*]||1s 6d||£1.30|
|Eggs 1 dozen [*]||3s 3½d||£2.90|
|Potatoes lb [*]||4d||30p|
|Cabbages lb [*]||4d||30p|
|Onions lb [*]||5½d||41p|
|Eating apples lb [*]||11d||81p|
|Oranges lb [*]||1s ½d||89p|
|Ground coffee 8oz [*]||3s 11d||£3.50|
|Cocoa lb [*]||4s 6d||£4|
|Coal - 1cwt [*]||7s 6d||£6.70|
|Ferguson 17" television (Currys)||66 guineas||£1,200|
|Bush MB 60 portable valve radio||21 guineas||£390|
|KB transistor battery portable radio||£23||£410|
|Qualcast Panther push lawn mower||£8 15s 9d||£160|
|The Daily Mirror newspaper||2½d||19p|
|Average house price||£2,058||£37,000|
|Ford Anglia car||£571||£10,000|
|English Electric refrigerator||59 guineas||£1,100|
|Reliant washing machine||£22||£390|
|Goblin vacuum cleaner||14 guineas||£260|
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 1958 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1958
By Steven Braggs, December 2021, updated May 2022