UK inflation rate in 1777: 0.00%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1777-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1777 was 6.9. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.12% per year. Prices in 2017 are 15339.8% higher than prices in 1777.

In other words, £1 in the year 1777 is equivalent to £154.40 in 2017, a difference of £153.40 over 240 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 1777 to 2017
Cumulative price change 15339.83%
Average inflation rate 2.12%
Price difference (£1 base) £153.40
CPI in 1777 6.9
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 1777

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1777 * 1777 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 6.9 in the year 1777 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 6.9 * £1 = £154.40

£1 in 1777 has the same "purchasing power" as £154.40 in 2017.


News headlines from 1777

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • George Washington's army defeats the British army at the Battle of Princeton.
  • The US becomes the first nation to abolish slavery, when it introduces its new Constitution
  • The US flag is used for the first time, in the battle at Cooch's Bridge, during American Revolutionary war
  • British colonies in America proclaimed independent from France

Inflation Data Source: This calculator uses 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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