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1960s High Street

Supermarket in Thirsk Market Place - geograph.org.uk - 27885

The rise in home refrigerators and car ownership meant shopping patterns changed from daily to weekly in the 1960s.

In 1964 retail price maintenance (where manufacturers set the price at which their goods had to be sold) was scrapped, meaning that larger shops could sell things more cheaply as they had the space to bulk buy.

There was therefore a growth in the number of supermarkets in towns - where self-service was expected and customers had to use shopping trolleys to carry their goods from the shelves to the check out themselves.

Many smaller, independent shops found it hard to compete and were forced to shut down. 

The invention of machines to mass-produce bread also meant that many bakeries had to close too.


The Decimal Currency Act approved the plans to convert Britain's currency from a system of:pounds, shillings and pence to an easier to work system of just pounds and pence, with 100 'new pence' in a 'new pound'. 

The: 5p, 10p and 50p coins were introduced from 1968 onwards, prior to the official changeover date (Decimalisation Day or 'D-Day') in 1971.