£100 in 1751 → £20,754.00 in 2016

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£100 in 1751 → £20,754.00 in 2016

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U.K. Inflation Rate, £100 in 1751 to 2016

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 2016 are 20,654.00% higher than average prices since 1751. The British pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.03% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a pound decreased.

In other words, £100 in 1751 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £20,754.00 in 2016, a difference of £20,654.00 over 265 years.

The 1751 inflation rate was -1.96%. The inflation rate in 2016 was 1.74%. The 2016 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.34% per year between 2016 and 2020.


Inflation from 1751 to 2016
Cumulative price change 20,654.00%
Average inflation rate 2.03%
Converted amount (£100 base) £20,754.00
Price difference (£100 base) £20,654.00
CPI in 1751 5.000
CPI in 2016 1,037.700
Inflation in 1751 -1.96%
Inflation in 2016 1.74%

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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Buying power of £100 in 1751

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £100 in 1751 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £100, you would need to end with £20,754.00 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £100 is equivalent to £20,754.00 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.K. pound decreases over time. In other words, a pound will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a pound over time. By calculating the value in 1751 dollars, the chart below shows how £100 buys less over the past 265 years.

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1751 £100.00 -1.96%
1752 £104.00 4.00%
1753 £102.00 -1.92%
1754 £106.00 3.92%
1755 £100.00 -5.66%
1756 £104.00 4.00%
1757 £126.00 21.15%
1758 £126.00 0.00%
1759 £116.00 -7.94%
1760 £112.00 -3.45%
1761 £106.00 -5.36%
1762 £110.00 3.77%
1763 £114.00 3.64%
1764 £124.00 8.77%
1765 £128.00 3.23%
1766 £130.00 1.56%
1767 £136.00 4.62%
1768 £134.00 -1.47%
1769 £124.00 -7.46%
1770 £124.00 0.00%
1771 £134.00 8.06%
1772 £148.00 10.45%
1773 £148.00 0.00%
1774 £150.00 1.35%
1775 £140.00 -6.67%
1776 £138.00 -1.43%
1777 £138.00 0.00%
1778 £142.00 2.90%
1779 £130.00 -8.45%
1780 £126.00 -3.08%
1781 £132.00 4.76%
1782 £134.00 1.52%
1783 £150.00 11.94%
1784 £152.00 1.33%
1785 £144.00 -5.26%
1786 £144.00 0.00%
1787 £144.00 0.00%
1788 £150.00 4.17%
1789 £148.00 -1.33%
1790 £150.00 1.35%
1791 £150.00 0.00%
1792 £152.00 1.33%
1793 £156.00 2.63%
1794 £170.00 8.97%
1795 £188.00 10.59%
1796 £200.00 6.38%
1797 £180.00 -10.00%
1798 £176.00 -2.22%
1799 £198.00 12.50%
1800 £270.00 36.36%
1801 £302.00 11.85%
1802 £232.00 -23.18%
1803 £220.00 -5.17%
1804 £226.00 2.73%
1805 £262.00 15.93%
1806 £252.00 -3.82%
1807 £246.00 -2.38%
1808 £256.00 4.07%
1809 £280.00 9.37%
1810 £288.00 2.86%
1811 £280.00 -2.78%
1812 £318.00 13.57%
1813 £326.00 2.52%
1814 £284.00 -12.88%
1815 £254.00 -10.56%
1816 £232.00 -8.66%
1817 £264.00 13.79%
1818 £264.00 0.00%
1819 £258.00 -2.27%
1820 £234.00 -9.30%
1821 £206.00 -11.97%
1822 £178.00 -13.59%
1823 £190.00 6.74%
1824 £206.00 8.42%
1825 £242.00 17.48%
1826 £228.00 -5.79%
1827 £214.00 -6.14%
1828 £208.00 -2.80%
1829 £206.00 -0.96%
1830 £198.00 -3.88%
1831 £218.00 10.10%
1832 £202.00 -7.34%
1833 £190.00 -5.94%
1834 £174.00 -8.42%
1835 £178.00 2.30%
1836 £198.00 11.24%
1837 £202.00 2.02%
1838 £204.00 0.99%
1839 £218.00 6.86%
1840 £222.00 1.83%
1841 £218.00 -1.80%
1842 £200.00 -8.26%
1843 £178.00 -11.00%
1844 £178.00 0.00%
1845 £186.00 4.49%
1846 £194.00 4.30%
1847 £218.00 12.37%
1848 £190.00 -12.84%
1849 £178.00 -6.32%
1850 £168.00 -5.62%
1851 £162.00 -3.57%
1852 £162.00 0.00%
1853 £178.00 9.88%
1854 £204.00 14.61%
1855 £210.00 2.94%
1856 £210.00 0.00%
1857 £200.00 -4.76%
1858 £182.00 -9.00%
1859 £180.00 -1.10%
1860 £186.00 3.33%
1861 £190.00 2.15%
1862 £186.00 -2.11%
1863 £180.00 -3.23%
1864 £178.00 -1.11%
1865 £180.00 1.12%
1866 £190.00 5.56%
1867 £202.00 6.32%
1868 £200.00 -0.99%
1869 £190.00 -5.00%
1870 £190.00 0.00%
1871 £192.00 1.05%
1872 £200.00 4.17%
1873 £208.00 4.00%
1874 £200.00 -3.85%
1875 £196.00 -2.00%
1876 £196.00 0.00%
1877 £194.00 -1.02%
1878 £190.00 -2.06%
1879 £182.00 -4.21%
1880 £188.00 3.30%
1881 £186.00 -1.06%
1882 £188.00 1.08%
1883 £186.00 -1.06%
1884 £182.00 -2.15%
1885 £176.00 -3.30%
1886 £174.00 -1.14%
1887 £172.00 -1.15%
1888 £174.00 1.16%
1889 £176.00 1.15%
1890 £176.00 0.00%
1891 £178.00 1.14%
1892 £178.00 0.00%
1893 £176.00 -1.12%
1894 £174.00 -1.14%
1895 £172.00 -1.15%
1896 £170.00 -1.16%
1897 £174.00 2.35%
1898 £174.00 0.00%
1899 £176.00 1.15%
1900 £184.00 4.55%
1901 £184.00 0.00%
1902 £184.00 0.00%
1903 £186.00 1.09%
1904 £186.00 0.00%
1905 £186.00 0.00%
1906 £186.00 0.00%
1907 £188.00 1.08%
1908 £188.00 0.00%
1909 £190.00 1.06%
1910 £192.00 1.05%
1911 £192.00 0.00%
1912 £198.00 3.13%
1913 £196.00 -1.01%
1914 £196.00 0.00%
1915 £220.00 12.24%
1916 £260.00 18.18%
1917 £326.00 25.38%
1918 £398.00 22.09%
1919 £438.00 10.05%
1920 £506.00 15.53%
1921 £462.00 -8.70%
1922 £398.00 -13.85%
1923 £374.00 -6.03%
1924 £372.00 -0.53%
1925 £372.00 0.00%
1926 £370.00 -0.54%
1927 £360.00 -2.70%
1928 £360.00 0.00%
1929 £356.00 -1.11%
1930 £346.00 -2.81%
1931 £332.00 -4.05%
1932 £324.00 -2.41%
1933 £316.00 -2.47%
1934 £316.00 0.00%
1935 £318.00 0.63%
1936 £320.00 0.63%
1937 £332.00 3.75%
1938 £336.00 1.20%
1939 £346.00 2.98%
1940 £404.00 16.76%
1941 £448.00 10.89%
1942 £480.00 7.14%
1943 £496.00 3.33%
1944 £510.00 2.82%
1945 £524.00 2.75%
1946 £540.00 3.05%
1947 £578.00 7.04%
1948 £622.00 7.61%
1949 £640.00 2.89%
1950 £660.00 3.13%
1951 £720.00 9.09%
1952 £786.00 9.17%
1953 £810.00 3.05%
1954 £826.00 1.98%
1955 £862.00 4.36%
1956 £906.00 5.10%
1957 £938.00 3.53%
1958 £968.00 3.20%
1959 £972.00 0.41%
1960 £982.00 1.03%
1961 £1,016.00 3.46%
1962 £1,060.00 4.33%
1963 £1,080.00 1.89%
1964 £1,116.00 3.33%
1965 £1,168.00 4.66%
1966 £1,214.00 3.94%
1967 £1,246.00 2.64%
1968 £1,304.00 4.65%
1969 £1,374.00 5.37%
1970 £1,462.00 6.40%
1971 £1,600.00 9.44%
1972 £1,714.00 7.13%
1973 £1,870.00 9.10%
1974 £2,170.00 16.04%
1975 £2,696.00 24.24%
1976 £3,142.00 16.54%
1977 £3,640.00 15.85%
1978 £3,942.00 8.30%
1979 £4,470.00 13.39%
1980 £5,274.00 17.99%
1981 £5,900.00 11.87%
1982 £6,408.00 8.61%
1983 £6,702.00 4.59%
1984 £7,036.00 4.98%
1985 £7,464.00 6.08%
1986 £7,718.00 3.40%
1987 £8,040.00 4.17%
1988 £8,434.00 4.90%
1989 £9,090.00 7.78%
1990 £9,950.00 9.46%
1991 £10,534.00 5.87%
1992 £10,928.00 3.74%
1993 £11,102.00 1.59%
1994 £11,370.00 2.41%
1995 £11,764.00 3.47%
1996 £12,048.00 2.41%
1997 £12,426.00 3.14%
1998 £12,852.00 3.43%
1999 £13,050.00 1.54%
2000 £13,436.00 2.96%
2001 £13,674.00 1.77%
2002 £13,902.00 1.67%
2003 £14,304.00 2.89%
2004 £14,730.00 2.98%
2005 £15,146.00 2.82%
2006 £15,630.00 3.20%
2007 £16,300.00 4.29%
2008 £16,950.00 3.99%
2009 £16,860.00 -0.53%
2010 £17,638.00 4.61%
2011 £18,556.00 5.20%
2012 £19,152.00 3.21%
2013 £19,734.00 3.04%
2014 £20,200.00 2.36%
2015 £20,400.00 0.99%
2016 £20,754.00 1.74%
2017 £21,498.00 3.58%
2018 £22,031.87 2.48%
2019 £22,428.44 1.80%
2020 £22,764.87 1.50%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £100, 1751 to 2016

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2016CPI in 1751
×
1751 GBP value
=
2016 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 5 in the year 1751 and 1037.7 in 2016:

1037.75
×
£100
=
£20,754.00

£100 in 1751 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £20,754.00 in 2016.

To get the total inflation rate for the 265 years between 1751 and 2016, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2016 - CPI in 1751CPI in 1751
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (265 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1037.7 - 55
×
100
=
20,654%

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: “1751 pounds in 2016 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1751-GBP-in-2016.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1751 to 2016
Cumulative price change 20,654.00%
Average inflation rate 2.03%
Converted amount (£100 base) £20,754.00
Price difference (£100 base) £20,654.00
CPI in 1751 5.000
CPI in 2016 1,037.700
Inflation in 1751 -1.96%
Inflation in 2016 1.74%