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Historical UK share prices

On this page we list the key sources for historical UK share prices.

ICAEW enquiry service

The ICAEW Library & Information Service does not offer a share price service, but can usually provide share prices for the following dates:

  • March 31st 1982
  • April 6th 1965

Prices for market value at launch can also be provided where available.

This information is only available to authorised users; non-members can consult our print sources in person on payment of our daily access fee.

Print sources

Financial Times

The Financial Times contains the largest collection of the UK stock market listings available to the general public.

The London share service is published inside the "Companies and Markets" section of the newspaper and gives the share price from the previous trading day. A selection of additional figures are provided, depending on the day of publication:

Monday

W'k % Chg Weekly price change (as a percentage)
Div Dividend paid in the last financial year
Div cov Dividend cover (profit after tax divided by dividend payment)
MCap £m Market capitalisation
Last xd Ex-dividend date

Tuesday-Saturday

Chng The change in closing prices since the last trading day
52 week High Highest price in the last 52 weeks
52 week Low Lowest price in the last 52 weeks
Yld Dividend Yield
P/E Price/earnings ratio
Vol '000s Volume of shares traded in one day

The Library holds copies of the FT on microfilm from 1975 to the end of 2016.  Hard copy versions of the 'Companies and Markets' section are also held for the past six months.

The Guildhall Library in London holds the FT from 1888 onwards on microfilm.

The prices quoted represent all trading activity carried out through the London Stock Exchange on the previous business day. To get the share price for a specific date you will need to look in the next day's publication.

For more information you can consult the Financial Times Guide to Using the Financial Pages, also available in our eBooks collection (eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com):

Stocks and shares: the UK equity markets

This chapter from the FT Guide to Using the Financial Pages looks at the London share service, how to read the figures supplied and how to use the information.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.

The Times

The Times newspaper publishes share and commodity prices in the Business section. The Library holds The Times on microfilm for the years 1900-1920 and 1937-1975 (March 1915 - January 1916 is currently missing). As with the Financial Times the prices quoted refer to trading activity on the previous business day.

Stock Exchange Daily Official List

The Stock Exchange Daily Official List (SEDOL) is published by FT Interactive Data and the London Stock Exchange. SEDOL entries give details of the quotation used for the basis of valuations, the lowest and highest trades and the total volume of shares traded on that day. They will also list the business completed on that day with the time, volume and price of trades. In contrast to the newspapers, SEDOL gives the prices for the date quoted on the publication and not the previous day's prices.

Each issue comes with errata covering instances where the day's trading has been misreported to the Stock Exchange. An entry may be corrected up to a week after the original trade.

The Library holds SEDOL from January 1967 to December 2003 on microfilm/microfiche.

The Guildhall Library holds it from 1899 to the present day in various formats.

The List is also published online by FT Interactive Data as eDOL, a subscription-only service.

Capital Gains Tax Service

The Capital Gains Tax Service is published annually by FT Interactive Data. It lists share prices at 31st March 1982 for CGT purposes and is supplemented by a monthly looseleaf for the year in progress. The Library holds the latest edition.

We also hold archived volumes of the Capital Gains Tax Service for the years 1965/66 - 1987/88 Volumes A-I and J-Z. The volumes cover the period from 6th April 1965 (budget day) to 5th April 1988.

CGT- Capital Gains: The key figures for calculating your tax

This reproduces tables from the Financial Times on 7 April 1965 and 1 April 1982. Share prices are listed for both dates exactly as they were printed in the original editions.

Course of the exchange

The Guildhall Library holds copies of the Course of the Exchange (the predecessor of SEDOL) for 1698-1908.

Online resources

FT.com

The FT Data Archive holds scans of the market information published in the FT for the last five years. The tables require a subscription to download.

  1. Go to the FT Data Archive
  2. Click on the funnel to the right of the Browse reports heading. This will reveal options to filter the reports by category and specify a date range.
  3. Choose the option to Filter reports by the category of 'Popular print' and select the option 'London share service pages'
  4. Select a report from the list to download it in PDF format.

Yahoo.com

Yahoo UK Finance launched a free service for historical share prices in early 2002. The range of dates available varies from company to company, stretching back to the early 1970s in some cases.

To use this service you can search using the company look up on the Yahoo Finance homepage, or browse the components of the major UK indices following the steps below:

  1. Choose between the FTSE 100, FTSE 250, FTSE AIM, FTSE ALL-SHARE or FTSE TECHMARK 100 indices
  2. Select the company that you are interested in. When the company profile loads, click on the option for 'Historical Prices' in the menu on the left hand side.
  3. The next screen displays the most recent prices and allows you to set a bespoke date range with an option to view the prices daily, weekly or monthly.

Share prices can be downloaded in a file for use in spreadsheets.

The Yahoo UK Finance service represents a great resource for straightforward share price enquiries. However it is not as useful for more complex enquiries, such as where companies have merged. For example, if you were looking for Guinness or Grand Met share prices from before Diageo existed (the merger took place in December 1997) you would need to know to search under Diageo as searching on either of the previous company names returns no results.

London Stock Exchange

The London Stock Exchange offers Valuation Reports and a Historic Price Service (HPS) which provides values for all securities traded on the London Stock Exchange, dating back to 1999.

Interactive Data

Interactive Data's Historic Share Price Service goes back to March 1982. Data is available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

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