UK inflation rate in 1783: 11.94%

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Inflation in 1783 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 11.94% in 1783 compared to 1782. On average, you would have to spend 11.94% more money in 1783 than in 1782 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1782 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.12 in 1783.

The 1782 inflation rate was 1.52%. The inflation rate in 1783 was 11.94%. The 1783 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.14% per year between 1783 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1783 was 7.50. It was 6.70 in the previous year, 1782. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1782 to 1783
Average inflation rate 11.94%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.12
Price difference (£1 base) £0.12
CPI in 1782 6.700
CPI in 1783 7.500
Inflation in 1782 1.52%
Inflation in 1783 11.94%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1782 to 1783

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1783CPI in 1782
1782 GBP value
1783 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 6.7 in the year 1782 and 7.5 in 1783:


£1 in 1782 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.12 in 1783.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1782 and 1783, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1783 - CPI in 1782CPI in 1782
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.5 - 6.76.7

News headlines from 1782

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

  • The Bank of North America opens in Philadelphia, it is the first US commercial bank
  • Rama I overthrows King Taksin of Siam (now known as Thailand).
  • The US mint is established by a resolution of Congress

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 1783 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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