UK inflation rate in 1832: -7.34%

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Inflation in 1832 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 7.34% in 1832 compared to 1831. On average, you would have to spend 7.34% less money in 1832 than in 1831 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1831 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.93 in 1832.

The 1831 inflation rate was 10.10%. The inflation rate in 1832 was -7.34%. The 1832 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.55% per year between 1832 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1832 was 10.10. It was 10.90 in the previous year, 1831. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1832 CPI is less than 1831 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1831 to 1832
Average inflation rate -7.34%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.93
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.07
CPI in 1831 10.900
CPI in 1832 10.100
Inflation in 1831 10.10%
Inflation in 1832 -7.34%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1831 to 1832

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1832CPI in 1831
1831 GBP value
1832 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 10.9 in the year 1831 and 10.1 in 1832:


£1 in 1831 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.93 in 1832.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1831 and 1832, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1832 - CPI in 1831CPI in 1831
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

10.1 - 10.910.9

News headlines from 1831

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

  • Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, is assassinated.
  • Ecuador and Venezuela separate from Greater Colombia
  • The Bosnian rebellion against Turkey marks the beginning of Great Bosnian uprising.

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 1832 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Apr. 2019,

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