UK inflation rate in 1814: -12.88%

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Inflation in 1814 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 12.88% in 1814 compared to 1813. On average, you would have to spend 12.88% less money in 1814 than in 1813 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1813 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.87 in 1814.

The 1813 inflation rate was 2.52%. The inflation rate in 1814 was -12.88%. The 1814 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.15% per year between 1814 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1814 was 14.20. It was 16.30 in the previous year, 1813. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1814 CPI is less than 1813 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1813 to 1814
Average inflation rate -12.88%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.87
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.13
CPI in 1813 16.300
CPI in 1814 14.200
Inflation in 1813 2.52%
Inflation in 1814 -12.88%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1813 to 1814

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1814CPI in 1813
1813 GBP value
1814 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 16.3 in the year 1813 and 14.2 in 1814:


£1 in 1813 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.87 in 1814.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1813 and 1814, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1814 - CPI in 1813CPI in 1813
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

14.2 - 16.316.3

News headlines from 1813

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

  • Pineapples are planted in Hawaii for the first time.
  • Simón Bolívar, leader of the South American independence movement, enters Merida, leading to the invasion of Venezuela. Bolívar was proclaimed The Liberator (El Libertador, in spanish)
  • American armies defeat the British in the Battle of Thames, in Canada.

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 1814 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Apr. 2019,

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