How much did things cost in 1959?

These are some prices of a few items in 1959.

1959 priceInflation adjusted
Pint of beer (bottled) [*]1s 10d£1.50
20 cigarettes [*]3s 11d£3.30
Loaf of bread (white, unwrapped) [*]11d77p
Loose leaf te a [*] 4oz1s 8d£1.40
Sugar 1lb [*]8d56p
Pint of milk [*]8d56p
Butter ½lb [*]2s 2d£1.70
Cheddar cheese 1lb [*]3s 5d£2.90
Margarine 1lb [*]1s 8½d£1.40
Lard 1lb [*]1s 4½d£1.10
Eggs 1 dozen [*]2s 3½d£1.90
Potatoes lb [*]3½d25p
Cabbages lb [*]5½d39p
Onions lb [*]6d42p
Eating apples lb [*]1s84p
Oranges lb [*]1s84p
Ground coffee 8oz [*]3s 9d£3.20
Cocoa lb [*]4s 6d£3.80
Coal - 1cwt [*]7s 6d£6.30
Ekco 17" television 65 guineas£1,00
Cossor 1300T transistor radio 18½ guineas£326
Qualcast Panther push lawn mower£8 12s 6d£140
The Daily Mirror newspaper2½d18p
Average house price£2,124£37,000
Ford Anglia car£589£9,900
Candy Bi-Matic Twin Tub washing machine85 guineas£1,500
Vactric vacuum cleaner7 guineas£120
Bic Crystal ballpoint pen1s84p

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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