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Costs and Wages in Great Britain

This information here has been gleamed from The English: A Social History,

1066-1945 by Christopher Hibbert, copyright 1987.


Costs in the 1700's

Wages Per Year:

Agricultural Labourers
17, 15s., 7d. average yearly nominal income, 1710.
Day Labourers
16 to 18 pence a day
General Labourers
19, 4s., 5d. average yearly nominal income, 1710
Messengers, Porters (exc. govt.)
31, 3s., average yearly nominal income, 1710.
Miners
22, 9s., 2d. average yearly nominal income, 1710.
 
5 Pounds (per year) - Head housemaid, 1761
7 Pounds (per year) - Head footman, 1761
22 shillings, 6 pence (per week) - Pickman for the canals work groups building the canals
24 shillings (per week) - Shoveller for the canal work groups
33 shillings (per week) - skilled men such as bricklayers and masons
 
Costs in the 1800's
 
11 - 14 Pounds - Housemaid, 1850's and 1860's, 12 - 22 Pounds in 1894
11 - 17 Pounds - Cooks, 1850's and 1860's
20 Pounds (per week) - Singer at the Canterbury Music Hall
1000 Pounds (per week) - Sarah Bernhardt at the Coliseum Variety House
18 Pounds - Lady's-maid, 1865
12 Pounds - Scullery Maid, 1865
17 Pounds - Nurse-maids
50 Pounds - Cook, 1865
40 Pounds - Coachman, 1865
60 Pounds - Valet, 1865, 70 Pounds in 1894
90 Pounds - Gardener, 1865
Duke of Bedford - 300,000 Pounds (about $90 million US)
Duke of Westminster - 250,000 Pounds (just from London properties)
 

Costs in the 1850's

Seat in the body of the Canterbury hall, a popular tavern concert room - 6 pence
Seat in the gallery of the Canterbury - 9 pence

Costs in the 1860's

Gallery seat at South London Palace of Varieties in Lambeth - 3 pence; balcony and stalls - 1 shilling
Good seat plus a five-course meal at the Oxford Music Hall - 2 shillings, 6 pence
Flat rate fare for the City and South London railway in 1890 - 2 pence
Electric Victoria car whose driver sat on a platform above the rear wheels looking over the heads of the 2 passengers and could travel 40 miles on a charge at a max speed of 12 miles per hour - 570 Pounds

Costs in 1906

17 Shillings, 6 Pence - average weekly earnings for farm worker in 1906
Rent - 1 shilling 6 pence
3 lbs. of Sugar - 5-1/2 pence
1/2 lb. of tea - 8 pence
1-1/2lbs. of butter - 1 shilling 6 pence
1 pint of beer - 2 pence
2 oz tobacco - 6 pence

 Source: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7503/greatbritainmoney.html

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