UK inflation rate in 1837: 2.02%

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Inflation in 1837 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 2.02% in 1837 compared to 1836. On average, you would have to spend 2.02% more money in 1837 than in 1836 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1836 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.02 in 1837.

The 1836 inflation rate was 11.24%. The inflation rate in 1837 was 2.02%. The 1837 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.62% per year between 1837 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1837 was 10.10. It was 9.90 in the previous year, 1836. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1836 to 1837
Average inflation rate 2.02%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.02
Price difference (£1 base) £0.02
CPI in 1836 9.900
CPI in 1837 10.100
Inflation in 1836 11.24%
Inflation in 1837 2.02%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1836 to 1837

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1837CPI in 1836
1836 GBP value
1837 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 9.9 in the year 1836 and 10.1 in 1837:


£1 in 1836 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.02 in 1837.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1836 and 1837, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1837 - CPI in 1836CPI in 1836
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

10.1 - 9.99.9

News headlines from 1836

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

  • The siege of Alamo under the command of Mexican General Santa Anna, lasts for thirteen days and results in very few of the defenders surviving.
  • At the Battle of the Alamo Mexican soldiers kill 182-257 Texans during 13 days of fighting.
  • Mexico's independence is recognized by Spain.

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 1837 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Apr. 2019,

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