UK inflation rate in 1890: 0.00%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1890-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1890 was 8.8. 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 3.85% per year. Prices in 2017 are 12006.2% higher than prices in 1890.

In other words, £1 in the year 1890 is equivalent to £121.06 in 2017, a difference of £120.06 over 127 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 1890 to 2017
Cumulative price change 12006.23%
Average inflation rate 3.85%
Price difference (£1 base) £120.06
CPI in 1890 8.8
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 1890

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1890 * 1890 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.8 in the year 1890 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 8.8 * £1 = £121.06

£1 in 1890 has the same "purchasing power" as £121.06 in 2017.


News headlines from 1890

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

  • Alice Sanger becomes the White House’s first female employee.
  • The Forth Bridge (Scotland), becomes the longest bridge in Great Britain: it is officially opened by the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII).
  • Wilhelm II, the German emperor, removes Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck.
  • First electric chair execution is performed on murderer William Kemmler at Auburn Prison in New York.

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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