£.s.d. and degrees Fahrenheit:
notes and conversion tables

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£.s.d. & degrees Fahrenheit: notes & conversion tables

This website follows the usage of the day so far as units of measurement are concerned. All contemporary prices, therefore, are stated in £ s. d. and all temperatures are noted in degrees Fahrenheit; lengths and areas are measured in feet and inches.
So far as temperatures are concerned, a simple conversion table appears below.
A second table converts the currency units, but this table equates old and new units at the time of conversion in 1971, and shows, for example, that one old shilling was converted to five new pence.
But it is important to note that no attempt has been made to equate values. While it is immediately clear that a massage costing 5/- (five shillings) in 1885 would cost far more than 25p today, it is a matter of much controversy among historians as to the actual value today of 5/- then.
But, for purposes of comparison, contemporary prices often appear on the site when they are known. For example, the bathers in the Jermyn Street Hammam, which in 1862 charged 3/6 for a Turkish bath, will have been from a quite different class from those who frequented baths where the charge was only 1/6 after six o'clock in the evening.
Those who wish to find out more about comparing prices on the site with those of today should visit the Measuring worth website which deals with the subject comprehensively, as well as providing an online opportunity to do your conversions—but it needs some preparatory study in its excellent user guide to ensure that the results you get are appropriate to your need. 


Conversion tables     

Fahrenheit to Celsius   £.s.d. to decimal currency
°F °C °F °C          Spoken of as:   s. d.     p.
 
100 37.8 170   76.7 A penny       1.          0.42
105 40.5 175   79.4 'Tuppence'       2.          0.83
110 43.3 180   82.2 'Thruppence'       3.         1.75
115 46.1 185   85.0 Sixpence       6.       2.5
120 48.9 190   87.8       9.          3.25
125 51.7 195   90.5 A shilling (12d.)   1. 0.     5
130 54.4 200   93.3 One and six   1. 6.       7.5
135 57.2 205   96.1 A florin; two bob   2. 0.  10
140 60.0 210   98.9 Half-a-crown   2. 6.     12.5
145 62.8 215 101.7   3. 0.   15
150 65.5 220 104.5   4. 0.   20
155 68.3 225 107.3 Five bob   5. 0.   25
160 71.1 230 110.1 Ten bob 10. 0.  50
165 73.9 235 112.9 Ten and six 10. 6.     52.5
15. 0.   75
A pound; a quid 20. 0. 100
A guinea 21. 0. 105

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