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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In Victorian Era Vs. 2020

April 14, 2020 2.8k votes 584 voters 57.6k views9 items

The Victorian era comprised the period of Queen Victoria's reign of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. It was a time of industrial revolution and political reform though many kitchens were stocked with common items of today. Some food staples are actually cheaper today than they were in the Victorian era probably due to the industrialization of the system.

Have you ever wondered, “how much was a pound of butter in the Victorian era?” How about the price of cheese? Prices in this list are noted by £ for pound, s for shilling, and d for pence.

This list will break down Victorian era food prices by listing the average price back then, the Victorian era price factoring in inflation – using MeasuringWorth.com's inflation calculator – and today's cost for the same items.

Vote up the grocery store items that you think have the best 2020 value and vote down any food that you think is currently priced too high.

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  • 1
    554
    84

    Bread

    Food

    Victorian Era: 6s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £31.51

    2020: $1.37 for one loaf of bread or £1.10

  • 2
    302
    92

    Fish

    Animal

    Victorian Era: 14s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £73.53

    2020: $26.23 per week (seven 4 oz servings) or £21.06

  • 3
    217
    70

    Fruit and Vegetables

    Victorian Era: 3s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £15.76

    2020: $9.70 per week or £7.79

  • 4
    218
    74

    Butter

    Victorian Era: 1s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £5.25

    2020: $3.54/lb or £2.83

  • 5
    154
    71

    Tea

    Victorian Era: 8s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £42.01

    2020: $39.95/lb or £32.02

  • 6
    160
    114

    Cheese

    Food

    Victorian Era: 4 1/2d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £2.00

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar) or £4.26

  • 7
    128
    90

    Sugar

    Food

    Victorian Era: less than 1d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £0.42

    2020: $0.59/lb or £0.47

  • 8
    104
    108

    Butchers Meat

    Victorian Era: 7d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £3.05

    2020: $3.75/lb (ground beef) or £3.00

  • 9
    98
    157

    Beer

    Beverage

    Victorian Era: less than 0.5d/gallon

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £0.21

    2020: $14.99 for 8, 15oz cans of Guinness or £12.01