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

Updated September 23, 2021 2.9k votes 629 voters 61.2k 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
    Food
    557
    90

    Victorian Era: 6s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £31.51

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

  • 2
    Animal
    309
    96

    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

    Victorian Era: 3s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £15.76

    2020: $9.70 per week or £7.79

  • 4
    220
    74

    Victorian Era: 1s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £5.25

    2020: $3.54/lb or £2.83

  • 5
    165
    71

    Victorian Era: 8s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £42.01

    2020: $39.95/lb or £32.02

  • 6
    Food
    137
    88

    Victorian Era: less than 1d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £0.42

    2020: $0.59/lb or £0.47

  • 7
    Food
    166
    115

    Victorian Era: 4 1/2d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £2.00

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar) or £4.26

  • 8

    Victorian Era: 7d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £3.05

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

  • 9
    Beverage
    98
    158

    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