UK inflation rate in 1891: 1.14%

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Inflation in 1891 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.14% in 1891 compared to 1890. On average, you would have to spend 1.14% more money in 1891 than in 1890 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1890 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.01 in 1891.

The 1890 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1891 was 1.14%. The 1891 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.85% per year between 1891 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1891 was 8.90. It was 8.80 in the previous year, 1890. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1890 to 1891
Average inflation rate 1.14%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.01
Price difference (£1 base) £0.01
CPI in 1890 8.800
CPI in 1891 8.900
Inflation in 1890 0.00%
Inflation in 1891 1.14%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1890 to 1891

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1891CPI in 1890
1890 GBP value
1891 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.8 in the year 1890 and 8.9 in 1891:


£1 in 1890 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.01 in 1891.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1890 and 1891, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1891 - CPI in 1890CPI in 1890
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.9 - 8.88.8

News headlines from 1890

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

  • 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.

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 1891 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 May. 2019,

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