UK inflation rate in 1786: 0.00%

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Inflation in 1786 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 0.00% in 1786 compared to 1785. On average, you would have to spend 0.00% more money in 1786 than in 1785 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1785 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1 in 1786.

The 1785 inflation rate was -5.26%. The inflation rate in 1786 was 0.00%. The 1786 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.19% per year between 1786 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1786 was 7.20. It was 7.20 in the previous year, 1785. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1785 to 1786
Average inflation rate 0.00%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1
Price difference (£1 base) £0.00
CPI in 1785 7.200
CPI in 1786 7.200
Inflation in 1785 -5.26%
Inflation in 1786 0.00%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1785 to 1786

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1786CPI in 1785
1785 GBP value
1786 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 7.2 in the year 1785 and 7.2 in 1786:


£1 in 1785 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1 in 1786.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1785 and 1786, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1786 - CPI in 1785CPI in 1785
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.2 - 7.27.2

News headlines from 1785

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

  • The Times is published for the first time by John Walter of London
  • James Hutton's theory of uniformitarianism is read in public at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • US currency named "dollar" and decimal coinage adopted by Congressional resolution

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 1786 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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