£1 in 1880 → £0.97 in 1879

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£1 in 1880 → £0.97 in 1879

U.K. Inflation Rate, £1 in 1880 to 1879

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 1879 are 3.19% lower than average prices since 1880. The British pound experienced an average inflation rate of 3.30% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a pound decreased.

In other words, £1 in 1880 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.97 in 1879.

The 1879 inflation rate was -4.21%. The inflation rate in 1880 was 3.30%. The 1880 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.49% per year between 1880 and 2020.


Inflation from 1880 to 1879
Average inflation rate 3.30%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.97
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.03
CPI in 1880 9.400
CPI in 1879 9.100
Inflation in 1879 -4.21%
Inflation in 1880 3.30%

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1879 to 1880

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1879CPI in 1880
×
1880 GBP value
=
1879 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 9.4 in the year 1880 and 9.1 in 1879:

9.19.4
×
£1
=
£0.97

£1 in 1880 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.97 in 1879.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1879 and 1880, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1879 - CPI in 1880CPI in 1880
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

9.1 - 9.49.4
×
100
=
-3%

News headlines from 1879

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

  • Construction begins on the Panama Canal.
  • The United States constructs its first dedicated sewage system in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • The Salvation Army is formed in London.

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: “£1 in 1880 → 1879 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1880-GBP-in-1879?amount=1.

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 1880 to 1879
Average inflation rate 3.30%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.97
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.03
CPI in 1880 9.400
CPI in 1879 9.100
Inflation in 1879 -4.21%
Inflation in 1880 3.30%