UK inflation rate in 1872: 4.17%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1872-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1872 was 10. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 3.27% per year. Prices in 2017 are 10553.5% higher than prices in 1872.

In other words, £1 in the year 1872 is equivalent to £106.53 in 2017, a difference of £105.53 over 145 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 2.70%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1872 to 2017
Cumulative price change 10553.48%
Average inflation rate 3.27%
Price difference (£1 base) £105.53
CPI in 1872 10
CPI in 2017 1065.34818


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


How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1872

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1872 * 1872 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 10 in the year 1872 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 10 * £1 = £106.53

£1 in 1872 has the same "purchasing power" as £106.53 in 2017.


News headlines from 1872

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • Coronation of Yohannes IV Emperoro of Ethiopia, is the first imperial coronation in Axum for over 200 years.
  • Yellowstone is declared the world's first national park.
  • The Mary Celeste sets sail from Staten Island for Genoa and is found abandoned four weeks later.

Inflation Data Source: This calculator uses 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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