UK inflation rate in 1835: 2.30%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1835-2018 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1835 was 8.9. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.67% per year. Prices in 2018 are 12221.3% higher than prices in 1835.

In other words, £1 in the year 1835 is equivalent in purchasing power to £123.21 in 2018, a difference of £122.21 over 183 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 3.10%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1835 to 2018
Cumulative price change 12221.25%
Average inflation rate 2.67%
Price difference (£1 base) £122.21
CPI in 1835 8.9
CPI in 2018 1096.59148

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

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1835

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1835 * 1835 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.9 in the year 1835 and 1096.59148 in 2018:

1096.59148 / 8.9 * £1 = £123.21

£1 in 1835 has the same "purchasing power" as £123.21 in 2018.

News headlines from 1835

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

  • Richard Lawrence fails in the first documented presidential assassination attempt after he misfired at President Andrew Jackson
  • National debt of the United States is officially zero: the only time that it has been that way in history.
  • Signing of the New Echota Treaty, followed by the conceding of all the Cherokee Indian lands east of the Mississippi River to the US

Inflation Data Source

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.

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