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Costs of work on the outside
of a house in 1940, England

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The old bill below for painting and building work can be used to calculate the rate of inflation for this type of work between 1940 and the present day. According to it, the costs involved were as follows. The costs are of course quoted in the old money.

Preparing and painting exterior of house   £15-0-0
Removing old gate post and fitting new   £0-12-6
Hacking out and re-glazing 3 squares of glass   £0-19-0
Total £16-11-6

Although the bill is on professionally printed paper, the typing is clearly from an old manual typewriter with a slightly worn ribbon.

1940 bill for work on the outside of a semi-detached house in north London, showing breakdown of costs from which inflation can be calculated

1940 bill for work on the outside of a semi-detached house in north London, showing breakdown of costs from which an indication of inflation can be estimated