From a book written by a bloke who worked in the finance pages of the Mail. So, you know, dodgy numbers. Still, fun:
At the market, a pound would buy you 28 lbs of peas or beans, or six kilderkins (108 gallons) of ale, or 60lbs of best butter, or 280 lb of beef.
2lbs (910 grammes, close enough) of Sainsbury’s peas is £1.30. Or £18.20 for the 28 lbs.
Canned kidney beans are about the same price, say £18.20 for the 28 lbs.
Butter’s £3 a lb (ignoring 2.204 lb to kg) or £180 for the 60lbs.
Beef is (mince) also £3 per pound or £840 for the amount.
Full strength own label beer is £1 a pint or so. Or £864 for the amount listed.
The relative prices of beef and beer have changed little over the centuries (1630), those of beer and beans/peas rather a lot. Dunno quite what that tells us other than government being involved in beef and beer and not in peas and beans…..