UK inflation rate in 1897: 2.35%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1897-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1897 was 8.7. 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 4.09% per year. Prices in 2017 are 12145.4% higher than prices in 1897.

In other words, £1 in the year 1897 is equivalent to £122.45 in 2017, a difference of £121.45 over 120 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 1897 to 2017
Cumulative price change 12145.38%
Average inflation rate 4.09%
Price difference (£1 base) £121.45
CPI in 1897 8.7
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 1897

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1897 * 1897 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.7 in the year 1897 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 8.7 * £1 = £122.45

£1 in 1897 has the same "purchasing power" as £122.45 in 2017.


News headlines from 1897

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

  • The first football game between black colleges takes place.
  • M. H. Cannon becomes the first female state senator in the United States.
  • Elva Zona Heaster is found dead, which results in the trial of her husband, famous for being the only time in US history the alleged testimony of a ghost has helped secure a conviction.

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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