£1 in 1810 is worth £0.89 in 1808

Value of £1 from 1810 to 1808

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 1808 are 11.11% lower than average prices since 1810. The British pound experienced an average inflation rate of 6.07% per year during this period, causing the real value of a pound to decrease.

In other words, £1 in 1810 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.89 in 1808, a difference of £-0.11 over 2 years.

The 1808 inflation rate was 4.07%. The inflation rate in 1810 was 2.86%. The 1810 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.10% per year between 1810 and 2020.


Inflation from 1810 to 1808
Cumulative price change -11.11%
Average inflation rate 6.07%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.89
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.11
CPI in 1810 14.400
CPI in 1808 12.800
Inflation in 1808 4.07%
Inflation in 1810 2.86%

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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Buying power of £1 in 1808

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £1 in 1808 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £1, you would need to end with £0.89 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £1 is equivalent to £0.89 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 1808 dollars, the chart below shows how £1 is worth less over 2 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:

Pound inflation: 1808-1810
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1808 £1.00 4.07%
1809 £1.09 9.37%
1810 £1.13 2.86%
1811 £1.09 -2.78%
1812 £1.24 13.57%
1813 £1.27 2.52%
1814 £1.11 -12.88%
1815 £0.99 -10.56%
1816 £0.91 -8.66%
1817 £1.03 13.79%
1818 £1.03 0.00%
1819 £1.01 -2.27%
1820 £0.91 -9.30%
1821 £0.80 -11.97%
1822 £0.70 -13.59%
1823 £0.74 6.74%
1824 £0.80 8.42%
1825 £0.95 17.48%
1826 £0.89 -5.79%
1827 £0.84 -6.14%
1828 £0.81 -2.80%
1829 £0.80 -0.96%
1830 £0.77 -3.88%
1831 £0.85 10.10%
1832 £0.79 -7.34%
1833 £0.74 -5.94%
1834 £0.68 -8.42%
1835 £0.70 2.30%
1836 £0.77 11.24%
1837 £0.79 2.02%
1838 £0.80 0.99%
1839 £0.85 6.86%
1840 £0.87 1.83%
1841 £0.85 -1.80%
1842 £0.78 -8.26%
1843 £0.70 -11.00%
1844 £0.70 0.00%
1845 £0.73 4.49%
1846 £0.76 4.30%
1847 £0.85 12.37%
1848 £0.74 -12.84%
1849 £0.70 -6.32%
1850 £0.66 -5.62%
1851 £0.63 -3.57%
1852 £0.63 0.00%
1853 £0.70 9.88%
1854 £0.80 14.61%
1855 £0.82 2.94%
1856 £0.82 0.00%
1857 £0.78 -4.76%
1858 £0.71 -9.00%
1859 £0.70 -1.10%
1860 £0.73 3.33%
1861 £0.74 2.15%
1862 £0.73 -2.11%
1863 £0.70 -3.23%
1864 £0.70 -1.11%
1865 £0.70 1.12%
1866 £0.74 5.56%
1867 £0.79 6.32%
1868 £0.78 -0.99%
1869 £0.74 -5.00%
1870 £0.74 0.00%
1871 £0.75 1.05%
1872 £0.78 4.17%
1873 £0.81 4.00%
1874 £0.78 -3.85%
1875 £0.77 -2.00%
1876 £0.77 0.00%
1877 £0.76 -1.02%
1878 £0.74 -2.06%
1879 £0.71 -4.21%
1880 £0.73 3.30%
1881 £0.73 -1.06%
1882 £0.73 1.08%
1883 £0.73 -1.06%
1884 £0.71 -2.15%
1885 £0.69 -3.30%
1886 £0.68 -1.14%
1887 £0.67 -1.15%
1888 £0.68 1.16%
1889 £0.69 1.15%
1890 £0.69 0.00%
1891 £0.70 1.14%
1892 £0.70 0.00%
1893 £0.69 -1.12%
1894 £0.68 -1.14%
1895 £0.67 -1.15%
1896 £0.66 -1.16%
1897 £0.68 2.35%
1898 £0.68 0.00%
1899 £0.69 1.15%
1900 £0.72 4.55%
1901 £0.72 0.00%
1902 £0.72 0.00%
1903 £0.73 1.09%
1904 £0.73 0.00%
1905 £0.73 0.00%
1906 £0.73 0.00%
1907 £0.73 1.08%
1908 £0.73 0.00%
1909 £0.74 1.06%
1910 £0.75 1.05%
1911 £0.75 0.00%
1912 £0.77 3.13%
1913 £0.77 -1.01%
1914 £0.77 0.00%
1915 £0.86 12.24%
1916 £1.02 18.18%
1917 £1.27 25.38%
1918 £1.55 22.09%
1919 £1.71 10.05%
1920 £1.98 15.53%
1921 £1.80 -8.70%
1922 £1.55 -13.85%
1923 £1.46 -6.03%
1924 £1.45 -0.53%
1925 £1.45 0.00%
1926 £1.45 -0.54%
1927 £1.41 -2.70%
1928 £1.41 0.00%
1929 £1.39 -1.11%
1930 £1.35 -2.81%
1931 £1.30 -4.05%
1932 £1.27 -2.41%
1933 £1.23 -2.47%
1934 £1.23 0.00%
1935 £1.24 0.63%
1936 £1.25 0.63%
1937 £1.30 3.75%
1938 £1.31 1.20%
1939 £1.35 2.98%
1940 £1.58 16.76%
1941 £1.75 10.89%
1942 £1.88 7.14%
1943 £1.94 3.33%
1944 £1.99 2.82%
1945 £2.05 2.75%
1946 £2.11 3.05%
1947 £2.26 7.04%
1948 £2.43 7.61%
1949 £2.50 2.89%
1950 £2.58 3.13%
1951 £2.81 9.09%
1952 £3.07 9.17%
1953 £3.16 3.05%
1954 £3.23 1.98%
1955 £3.37 4.36%
1956 £3.54 5.10%
1957 £3.66 3.53%
1958 £3.78 3.20%
1959 £3.80 0.41%
1960 £3.84 1.03%
1961 £3.97 3.46%
1962 £4.14 4.33%
1963 £4.22 1.89%
1964 £4.36 3.33%
1965 £4.56 4.66%
1966 £4.74 3.94%
1967 £4.87 2.64%
1968 £5.09 4.65%
1969 £5.37 5.37%
1970 £5.71 6.40%
1971 £6.25 9.44%
1972 £6.70 7.13%
1973 £7.30 9.10%
1974 £8.48 16.04%
1975 £10.53 24.24%
1976 £12.27 16.54%
1977 £14.22 15.85%
1978 £15.40 8.30%
1979 £17.46 13.39%
1980 £20.60 17.99%
1981 £23.05 11.87%
1982 £25.03 8.61%
1983 £26.18 4.59%
1984 £27.48 4.98%
1985 £29.16 6.08%
1986 £30.15 3.40%
1987 £31.41 4.17%
1988 £32.95 4.90%
1989 £35.51 7.78%
1990 £38.87 9.46%
1991 £41.15 5.87%
1992 £42.69 3.74%
1993 £43.37 1.59%
1994 £44.41 2.41%
1995 £45.95 3.47%
1996 £47.06 2.41%
1997 £48.54 3.14%
1998 £50.20 3.43%
1999 £50.98 1.54%
2000 £52.48 2.96%
2001 £53.41 1.77%
2002 £54.30 1.67%
2003 £55.88 2.89%
2004 £57.54 2.98%
2005 £59.16 2.82%
2006 £61.05 3.20%
2007 £63.67 4.29%
2008 £66.21 3.99%
2009 £65.86 -0.53%
2010 £68.90 4.61%
2011 £72.48 5.20%
2012 £74.81 3.21%
2013 £77.09 3.04%
2014 £78.91 2.36%
2015 £79.69 0.99%
2016 £81.07 1.74%
2017 £83.98 3.58%
2018 £86.06 2.48%
2019 £87.61 1.80%
2020 £88.93 1.50%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1808 amounts in 1810 pounds, based on the -11.11% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a pound in 1810
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1808 £1.13 pounds in 1810
£5 pounds in 1808 £5.63 pounds in 1810
£10 pounds in 1808 £11.25 pounds in 1810
£50 pounds in 1808 £56.25 pounds in 1810
£100 pounds in 1808 £112.50 pounds in 1810
£500 pounds in 1808 £562.50 pounds in 1810
£1,000 pounds in 1808 £1,125.00 pounds in 1810
£5,000 pounds in 1808 £5,625.00 pounds in 1810
£10,000 pounds in 1808 £11,250.00 pounds in 1810
£50,000 pounds in 1808 £56,250.00 pounds in 1810
£100,000 pounds in 1808 £112,500.00 pounds in 1810
£500,000 pounds in 1808 £562,500.00 pounds in 1810
£1,000,000 pounds in 1808 £1,125,000.00 pounds in 1810

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1808 to 1810

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1808 and 1810:

CPI in 1808 CPI in 1810
×
1810 GBP value
=
1808 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 14.4 in the year 1810 and 12.8 in 1808:

12.814.4
×
£1
=
£0.89

£1 in 1810 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.89 in 1808.

To get the total inflation rate for the 2 years between 1808 and 1810, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1808 - CPI in 1810CPI in 1810
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (2 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

12.8 - 14.414.4
×
100
=
-11%

News headlines from 1808

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

  • Buenos Aires citizens discharge the Spanish Viceroy, Cisneros in the May Revolution.
  • Grito de Dolores was issued, calling for the end of Spanish rule in Mexico. The event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day
  • Andreas Hofer a Tyrolean patriot and the leader of a rebellion against Napoleon, is executed.

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 1810 → 1808 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Oct. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1810?amount=1&endYear=1808.

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 1810 to 1808
Cumulative price change -11.11%
Average inflation rate 6.07%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.89
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.11
CPI in 1810 14.400
CPI in 1808 12.800
Inflation in 1808 4.07%
Inflation in 1810 2.86%