£1 in 1850 → £126.83 in 2017

UK Inflation Calculator


UK Inflation Rate, 1850-2017 (£1)

According to the Office for National Statistics, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.94% per year. Prices in 2017 are 12582.7% higher than prices in 1850.

In other words, £1 in the year 1850 is equivalent to £126.83 in 2017, a difference of £125.83 over 167 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 2.70%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1850 to 2017
Cumulative price change 12582.72%
Average inflation rate 2.94%
Price difference (£1 base) £125.83
CPI in 1850 8.4
CPI in 2017 1065.34818

UK inflation chart from 1988 to 2017. Based on the UK Consumer Price Index.

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1850

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1850 * 1850 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.4 in the year 1850 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 8.4 * £1 = £126.83

£1 in 1850 has the same "purchasing power" as £126.83 in 2017.

News headlines from 1850

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place in Wocester, Massachusetts.
  • The California Exchange is opened.
  • Britain blockades Piraeus, a Greek port.
  • The HMS Investigator sets sail from Woolwich, England, becoming the first ship to explore the Northwest Passage.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

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