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

Updated September 23, 2021 2.9k votes 625 voters 61.1k 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

    Bread

    Food
    561
    89

    Victorian Era: 6s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £31.51

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

  • 2

    Fish

    Animal
    312
    94

    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

    Fruit and Vegetables

    221
    69

    Victorian Era: 3s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £15.76

    2020: $9.70 per week or £7.79

  • 4

    Butter

    221
    73

    Victorian Era: 1s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £5.25

    2020: $3.54/lb or £2.83

  • 5

    Tea

    166
    70

    Victorian Era: 8s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £42.01

    2020: $39.95/lb or £32.02

  • 6

    Sugar

    Food
    137
    89

    Victorian Era: less than 1d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £0.42

    2020: $0.59/lb or £0.47

  • 7

    Cheese

    Food
    165
    116

    Victorian Era: 4 1/2d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £2.00

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar) or £4.26

  • 8

    Butchers Meat

    112
    105

    Victorian Era: 7d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £3.05

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

  • 9

    Beer

    Beverage
    98
    159

    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