UK inflation rate in 1793: 2.63%

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Inflation in 1793 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 2.63% in 1793 compared to 1792. On average, you would have to spend 2.63% more money in 1793 than in 1792 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1792 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.03 in 1793.

The 1792 inflation rate was 1.33%. The inflation rate in 1793 was 2.63%. The 1793 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.22% per year between 1793 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1793 was 7.80. It was 7.60 in the previous year, 1792. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1792 to 1793
Average inflation rate 2.63%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.03
Price difference (£1 base) £0.03
CPI in 1792 7.600
CPI in 1793 7.800
Inflation in 1792 1.33%
Inflation in 1793 2.63%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1792 to 1793

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1793CPI in 1792
1792 GBP value
1793 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 7.6 in the year 1792 and 7.8 in 1793:


£1 in 1792 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.03 in 1793.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1792 and 1793, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1793 - CPI in 1792CPI in 1792
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.8 - 7.67.6

News headlines from 1792

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

  • The US Postal service is created: first postages cost between 6 to 12 cents.
  • Count Anckarstrom shoots and kills King Gustav III of Sweden at a masked ball.
  • Tiradentes, a Brazilian revolutionary is executed by hanging and quartering.
  • Formation of French First Republic by the National Convention

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 1793 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Apr. 2019,

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