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

April 14, 2020 2.5k votes 539 voters 53.9k 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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  • Bread1
    508
    77

    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

  • Fish2
    277
    85

    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

  • Fruit and Vegetables3
    194
    64

    Fruit and Vegetables

    Victorian Era: 3s per week

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £15.76

    2020: $9.70 per week or £7.79

  • Butter4
    194
    71

    Butter

    Victorian Era: 1s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £5.25

    2020: $3.54/lb or £2.83

  • Tea5
    131
    67

    Tea

    Victorian Era: 8s/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £42.01

    2020: $39.95/lb or £32.02

  • Cheese6
    141
    108

    Cheese

    Food

    Victorian Era: 4 1/2d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £2.00

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar) or £4.26

  • Sugar7
    114
    85

    Sugar

    Food

    Victorian Era: less than 1d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £0.42

    2020: $0.59/lb or £0.47

  • Butchers Meat8
    95
    98

    Butchers Meat

    Victorian Era: 7d/lb

    Victorian Era Adjusted For Inflation: £3.05

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

  • Beer9
    88
    145

    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