UK inflation rate in 1769: -7.46%

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Inflation in 1769 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 7.46% in 1769 compared to 1768. On average, you would have to spend 7.46% less money in 1769 than in 1768 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1768 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.93 in 1769.

The 1768 inflation rate was -1.47%. The inflation rate in 1769 was -7.46%. The 1769 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.10% per year between 1769 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1769 was 6.20. It was 6.70 in the previous year, 1768. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1769 CPI is less than 1768 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1768 to 1769
Average inflation rate -7.46%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.93
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.07
CPI in 1768 6.700
CPI in 1769 6.200
Inflation in 1768 -1.47%
Inflation in 1769 -7.46%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1768 to 1769

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1769CPI in 1768
1768 GBP value
1769 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 6.7 in the year 1768 and 6.2 in 1769:


£1 in 1768 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.93 in 1769.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1768 and 1769, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1769 - CPI in 1768CPI in 1768
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

6.2 - 6.76.7

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: “Inflation Rate in 1769 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 May. 2019,

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