UK inflation rate in 1883: -1.06%

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Inflation in 1883 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 1.06% in 1883 compared to 1882. On average, you would have to spend 1.06% less money in 1883 than in 1882 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1882 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.99 in 1883.

The 1882 inflation rate was 1.08%. The inflation rate in 1883 was -1.06%. The 1883 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.59% per year between 1883 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1883 was 9.30. It was 9.40 in the previous year, 1882. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1883 CPI is less than 1882 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1882 to 1883
Average inflation rate -1.06%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.99
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.01
CPI in 1882 9.400
CPI in 1883 9.300
Inflation in 1882 1.08%
Inflation in 1883 -1.06%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1882 to 1883

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1883CPI in 1882
1882 GBP value
1883 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 9.4 in the year 1882 and 9.3 in 1883:


£1 in 1882 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.99 in 1883.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1882 and 1883, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1883 - CPI in 1882CPI in 1882
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.3 - 9.49.4

News headlines from 1882

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

  • Discovery of the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis by German scientist Robert Koch
  • Roderick Maslean's shot narrowly misses Queen Victoria while she is boarding a train in Windsor.
  • Jesse James, an American outlaw, is killed by Robert Ford in St Joseph.

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 1883 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2019,

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