Histories of Windsor
Glimpse of The Cost of Living in 1969
We have recently discovered two shopping
bills dating from Christmas 1969. They were kept because they
showed very clearly that even in 1969, Windsor could be a more
costly place to live and to go shopping than 100 miles to the
west, well out in the country!
Above, the bill from Stonehouse,
The bill from Edward Square, Windsor
The prices in are in pounds, shillings and pennies. (L.s.d) The
expression 'd' indicates 'denarius', or the Roman name for a
There were 240 pennies in a pound, 12 pennies in a shilling,
and twenty shillings in a pound.
A shilling was worth 5p.
A pound was subsequently divided into 100p when decimalisation
came about in 1971.
For example, sprouts were the equivalent of 4p per lb (pound
weight) in Stonehouse, and 5p in Windsor. Similarly potatoes
were 4d per pound in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire and 5d in Windsor.
Both these prices are roughly 20 percent higher in Windsor.
Cauliflower is slightly more in Windsor, although lettuce was
more in Stonehouse as were tomatoes ('toms') and cucumber, it
Oranges, although large ones were requested in Windsor, seem
more costly here.
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