Until 1971 the UK used pounds (£), shillings (s) and pence (d).
There were 12 pence in shilling.
20 shillings in a pound
240 pence in a pound.
More about decimalisation can be found on Wikipedia
If basic arithmetic wasn't enough of a problem, statistics must have been a nightmare. This excel spreadsheet enables the input of up to 300 prices in pounds, shillings and pence and calculates:
- The Total sum
- Mean average
- Standard Deviation
- Upper quartile
- Lower Quartile
It also converts all the pounds, shillings and pence data into (today’s) decimal currency. This makes pre-1971 and post-1971 comparisons possible. (Full details of the mathematics behind this are in the Wikipedia article cited above).
Download the spreadsheet (Excel 2010) predecimal excel
The excel side of things is a complicated and probably far more complex than it needs to be. Any improvements welcome.
John Canning, 2013
This is Creative Commons resource, so improvements etc. are welcome.