UK inflation rate in 1877: -1.02%

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Inflation in 1877 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 1.02% in 1877 compared to the previous year, 1876. On average, you would have to spend 1.02% less money in 1877 than in 1876 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1876 is equivalent in purchasing power to £0.99 in 1877.

The 1876 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1877 was -1.02%. The 1877 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.41% per year between 1877 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1877 was 9.7. It was 9.8 in the previous year, 1876. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1877 CPI is less than 1876 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1876 to 1877
Average inflation rate -1.02%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.99
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.01
CPI in 1876 9.800
CPI in 1877 9.700
Inflation in 1876 0.00%
Inflation in 1877 -1.02%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1876 to 1877

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1877CPI in 1876
1876 GBP value
1877 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 9.8 in the year 1876 and 9.7 in 1877:


£1 in 1876 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.99 in 1877.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1876 and 1877, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1877 - CPI in 1876CPI in 1876
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.7 - 9.89.8

News headlines from 1876

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

  • Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.
  • Alexander Graham Bell makes the World’s first telephone call, to his assistant Thomas Watson.
  • Battle of the Little Bighorn takes place under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The Sioux and Cheyenne destroy his cavalry and he is also killed in battle.
  • Julius Wolff, Eastport in Maine, cans sardines for the first time.

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 1877 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Dec. 2018, is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

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