£1 in 1852 → £1.30 in 1855

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£1 in 1852 → £1.30 in 1855

UK Inflation Rate, £1 in 1852 to 1855

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 1855 are 29.63% higher than average prices throughout 1852. The pound experienced an average inflation rate of 9.04% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, £1 in 1852 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.30 in 1855, a difference of £0.30 over 3 years.

The 1852 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1855 was 2.94%. The 1855 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.89% per year between 1855 and 2019.


Inflation from 1852 to 1855
Cumulative price change 29.63%
Average inflation rate 9.04%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.30
Price difference (£1 base) £0.30
CPI in 1852 8.100
CPI in 1855 10.500
Inflation in 1852 0.00%
Inflation in 1855 2.94%

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


Buying power of £1 in 1852

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a pound" over time for £1 in 1852 (price index tracking began in 1750).

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1852 £1.00 -
1853 £1.10 9.88%
1854 £1.26 14.61%
1855 £1.30 2.94%
1856 £1.30 0.00%
1857 £1.23 -4.76%
1858 £1.12 -9.00%
1859 £1.11 -1.10%
1860 £1.15 3.33%
1861 £1.17 2.15%
1862 £1.15 -2.11%
1863 £1.11 -3.23%
1864 £1.10 -1.11%
1865 £1.11 1.12%
1866 £1.17 5.56%
1867 £1.25 6.32%
1868 £1.23 -0.99%
1869 £1.17 -5.00%
1870 £1.17 0.00%
1871 £1.19 1.05%
1872 £1.23 4.17%
1873 £1.28 4.00%
1874 £1.23 -3.85%
1875 £1.21 -2.00%
1876 £1.21 0.00%
1877 £1.20 -1.02%
1878 £1.17 -2.06%
1879 £1.12 -4.21%
1880 £1.16 3.30%
1881 £1.15 -1.06%
1882 £1.16 1.08%
1883 £1.15 -1.06%
1884 £1.12 -2.15%
1885 £1.09 -3.30%
1886 £1.07 -1.14%
1887 £1.06 -1.15%
1888 £1.07 1.16%
1889 £1.09 1.15%
1890 £1.09 0.00%
1891 £1.10 1.14%
1892 £1.10 0.00%
1893 £1.09 -1.12%
1894 £1.07 -1.14%
1895 £1.06 -1.15%
1896 £1.05 -1.16%
1897 £1.07 2.35%
1898 £1.07 0.00%
1899 £1.09 1.15%
1900 £1.14 4.55%
1901 £1.14 0.00%
1902 £1.14 0.00%
1903 £1.15 1.09%
1904 £1.15 0.00%
1905 £1.15 0.00%
1906 £1.15 0.00%
1907 £1.16 1.08%
1908 £1.16 0.00%
1909 £1.17 1.06%
1910 £1.19 1.05%
1911 £1.19 0.00%
1912 £1.22 3.13%
1913 £1.21 -1.01%
1914 £1.21 0.00%
1915 £1.36 12.24%
1916 £1.60 18.18%
1917 £2.01 25.38%
1918 £2.46 22.09%
1919 £2.70 10.05%
1920 £3.12 15.53%
1921 £2.85 -8.70%
1922 £2.46 -13.85%
1923 £2.31 -6.03%
1924 £2.30 -0.53%
1925 £2.30 0.00%
1926 £2.28 -0.54%
1927 £2.22 -2.70%
1928 £2.22 0.00%
1929 £2.20 -1.11%
1930 £2.14 -2.81%
1931 £2.05 -4.05%
1932 £2.00 -2.41%
1933 £1.95 -2.47%
1934 £1.95 0.00%
1935 £1.96 0.63%
1936 £1.98 0.63%
1937 £2.05 3.75%
1938 £2.07 1.20%
1939 £2.14 2.98%
1940 £2.49 16.76%
1941 £2.77 10.89%
1942 £2.96 7.14%
1943 £3.06 3.33%
1944 £3.15 2.82%
1945 £3.23 2.75%
1946 £3.33 3.05%
1947 £3.57 7.04%
1948 £3.84 7.61%
1949 £3.95 2.89%
1950 £4.07 3.13%
1951 £4.44 9.09%
1952 £4.85 9.17%
1953 £5.00 3.05%
1954 £5.10 1.98%
1955 £5.32 4.36%
1956 £5.59 5.10%
1957 £5.79 3.53%
1958 £5.98 3.20%
1959 £6.00 0.41%
1960 £6.06 1.03%
1961 £6.27 3.46%
1962 £6.54 4.33%
1963 £6.67 1.89%
1964 £6.89 3.33%
1965 £7.21 4.66%
1966 £7.49 3.94%
1967 £7.69 2.64%
1968 £8.05 4.65%
1969 £8.48 5.37%
1970 £9.02 6.40%
1971 £9.88 9.44%
1972 £10.58 7.13%
1973 £11.54 9.10%
1974 £13.40 16.04%
1975 £16.64 24.24%
1976 £19.40 16.54%
1977 £22.47 15.85%
1978 £24.33 8.30%
1979 £27.59 13.39%
1980 £32.56 17.99%
1981 £36.42 11.87%
1982 £39.56 8.61%
1983 £41.37 4.59%
1984 £43.43 4.98%
1985 £46.07 6.08%
1986 £47.64 3.40%
1987 £49.63 4.17%
1988 £52.06 4.90%
1989 £56.11 7.78%
1990 £61.42 9.46%
1991 £65.02 5.87%
1992 £67.46 3.74%
1993 £68.53 1.59%
1994 £70.19 2.41%
1995 £72.62 3.47%
1996 £74.37 2.41%
1997 £76.70 3.14%
1998 £79.33 3.43%
1999 £80.56 1.54%
2000 £82.94 2.96%
2001 £84.41 1.77%
2002 £85.81 1.67%
2003 £88.30 2.89%
2004 £90.93 2.98%
2005 £93.49 2.82%
2006 £96.48 3.20%
2007 £100.62 4.29%
2008 £104.63 3.99%
2009 £104.07 -0.53%
2010 £108.88 4.61%
2011 £114.54 5.20%
2012 £118.22 3.21%
2013 £121.81 3.04%
2014 £124.69 2.36%
2015 £125.93 0.99%
2016 £128.11 1.74%
2017 £132.70 3.58%
2018 £136.00 2.48%
2019 £138.45 1.80%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1852 to 1855

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1855CPI in 1852
×
1852 GBP value
=
1855 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.1 in the year 1852 and 10.5 in 1855:

10.58.1
×
£1
=
£1.30

£1 in 1852 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.30 in 1855.

To get the total inflation rate for the 3 years between 1852 and 1855, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1855 - CPI in 1852CPI in 1852
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (3 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

10.5 - 8.18.1
×
100
=
30%

News headlines from 1852

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

  • what to the Slave is the Fourth of July speech was delivered by a fugitive slave Frederick Douglass, who condemned the celebration as a sham
  • The Independence of Transvaal, South Africa, is recognized by Great Britain.
  • American Geographical Society names George Bancroft as its first president.

Data Source & Citation

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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “£1 in 1852 → 1855 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Nov. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1852-GBP-in-1855?amount=1.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1852 to 1855
Cumulative price change 29.63%
Average inflation rate 9.04%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.30
Price difference (£1 base) £0.30
CPI in 1852 8.100
CPI in 1855 10.500
Inflation in 1852 0.00%
Inflation in 1855 2.94%
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