UK inflation rate in 1845: 4.49%

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Inflation in 1845 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 4.49% in 1845 compared to 1844. On average, you would have to spend 4.49% more money in 1845 than in 1844 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1844 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.04 in 1845.

The 1844 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1845 was 4.49%. The 1845 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.79% per year between 1845 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1845 was 9.30. It was 8.90 in the previous year, 1844. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1844 to 1845
Average inflation rate 4.49%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.04
Price difference (£1 base) £0.04
CPI in 1844 8.900
CPI in 1845 9.300
Inflation in 1844 0.00%
Inflation in 1845 4.49%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1844 to 1845

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1845CPI in 1844
1844 GBP value
1845 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.9 in the year 1844 and 9.3 in 1845:


£1 in 1844 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.04 in 1845.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1844 and 1845, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1845 - CPI in 1844CPI in 1844
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.3 - 8.98.9

News headlines from 1844

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

  • The World's first telegraph message containing "What hath God wrought", is sent by Samuel Morse.
  • Discovery of Lake Tahoe in the US by a European, called John C. Fremont.
  • Haiti gains its Independence from the Dominican Republic, now celebrated as their National Day.

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 1845 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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