Boomtime Recording - Household Accounts in 1969

A group member describes details of her household's expenditure in 1969.

contributed by Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service

The living room of a show home on Roe Green, which was Hatfield’s first new town housing development to be completed. Photo by Ken Wright.
Photo by Ken Wright.


“We were getting about £160 -£170 a month in 1969 and we paid £3 a month to Hector Powe (tailors) because Frank couldn’t buy suits to fit in those days, he had to have them made, so he used to pay so much a month to Hector Powe.  And the rent was £15 a month, went up to £18 a month.  Fuel it seemed to vary sort of £8 a month and in June £22 when I probably getting it cheap ready for the winter.  Phone bills, you won’t believe this £9 one quarter.  Insurance seemed to be about £11 four times a year.  And then the Welwyn Stores bills, odd ones at £6, £5 and on.  Water rate £2.

I’d spent one week, £1 61 on greens. £3 17 8p at the grocers.  £2 11 7p meat and fish.  9 10p on bacon. £1 11 2p on milk. 2 10p at the chemist. £1 12 5p for household things.  And the total housekeeping was £11 1 7p and then I’d spent £3 6 11p on myself, probably Christmas shopping because it was end of November.  £1 19 8p on children it says.”

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