UK inflation rate in 1897: 2.35%

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Inflation in 1897 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 2.35% in 1897 compared to the previous year, 1896. On average, you would have to spend 2.35% more money in 1897 than in 1896 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1896 is equivalent in purchasing power to £1.02 in 1897.

The 1896 inflation rate was -1.16%. The inflation rate in 1897 was 2.35%. The 1897 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 4.08% per year between 1897 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1897 was 8.7. It was 8.5 in the previous year, 1896. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1896 to 1897
Average inflation rate 2.35%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.02
Price difference (£1 base) £0.02
CPI in 1896 8.500
CPI in 1897 8.700
Inflation in 1896 -1.16%
Inflation in 1897 2.35%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1896 to 1897

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1897CPI in 1896
1896 GBP value
1897 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.5 in the year 1896 and 8.7 in 1897:


£1 in 1896 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.02 in 1897.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1896 and 1897, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1897 - CPI in 1896CPI in 1896
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.7 - 8.58.5

News headlines from 1896

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

  • First use of radiation treatment for breast cancer by Doctor Emile Grubbe.
  • The first Modern Olympic Games take place in Athens. American James Connolly wins the first Olympic gold medal in modern history.
  • The world experiences its first car accident when Henry Wells hit a cyclist.

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 1897 | 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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