U.K. inflation rate in 1801: 11.85%

Inflation in 1801 and its effect on pound value

£1 in 1800 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.12 in 1801. The pound had an average inflation rate of 11.85% per year between 1800 and 1801, producing a cumulative price increase of 11.85%. Purchasing power decreased by 11.85% in 1801 compared to 1800. On average, you would have to spend 11.85% more money in 1801 than in 1800 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1801 are 1.12 times higher than average prices since 1800, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index.

The inflation rate in 1800 was 36.36%. The inflation rate in 1801 was 11.85%. The 1801 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.00% per year between 1801 and 2022.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1801 was 15.10. It was 13.50 in the previous year, 1800. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1800 to 1801
Average inflation rate 11.85%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.12
Price difference (£1 base) £0.12
CPI in 1800 13.500
CPI in 1801 15.100
Inflation in 1800 36.36%
Inflation in 1801 11.85%
£1 in 1800 £1.12 in 1801

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How to calculate inflation rate for £1, 1800 to 1801

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1800 and 1801:

CPI in 1801 CPI in 1800
×
1800 GBP value
=
1801 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 13.5 in the year 1800 and 15.1 in 1801:

15.113.5
×
£1
=
£1.12

£1 in 1800 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.12 in 1801.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1800 and 1801, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1801 - CPI in 1800CPI in 1800
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

15.1 - 13.513.5
×
100
=
12%

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 1801 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 May. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/UK-inflation-rate-in-1801.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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


Ian Webster

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 1800 to 1801
Average inflation rate 11.85%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.12
Price difference (£1 base) £0.12
CPI in 1800 13.500
CPI in 1801 15.100
Inflation in 1800 36.36%
Inflation in 1801 11.85%
£1 in 1800 £1.12 in 1801