UK inflation rate in 1883: -1.06%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1883-2018 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1883 was 9.3. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 3.60% per year. Prices in 2018 are 11691.3% higher than prices in 1883.

In other words, £1 in the year 1883 is equivalent in purchasing power to £117.91 in 2018, a difference of £116.91 over 135 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 3.10%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1883 to 2018
Cumulative price change 11691.31%
Average inflation rate 3.60%
Price difference (£1 base) £116.91
CPI in 1883 9.3
CPI in 2018 1096.59148

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

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1883

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1883 * 1883 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 9.3 in the year 1883 and 1096.59148 in 2018:

1096.59148 / 9.3 * £1 = £117.91

£1 in 1883 has the same "purchasing power" as £117.91 in 2018.

News headlines from 1883

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

  • The first electric lightning system employing overhead wires, is built by Thomas Edison.
  • Turkey and Europe are connected by rail; the Orient Express has its first run.
  • Brooklyn Bridge is opened by President Arthur and New York Governor Cleveland.

Inflation Data Source

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.

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