£157 in 1834 is worth £21,743.14 today

Value of £157 from 1834 to 2022

£157 in 1834 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £21,743.14 today, an increase of £21,586.14 over 188 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 2.66% per year between 1834 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 13,749.13%.

This means that today's prices are 138.49 times higher than average prices since 1834, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index. A pound today only buys 0.722% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1834 was -8.42%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now 2.27%. If this number holds, £157 today will be equivalent in buying power to £160.56 next year.


Inflation from 1834 to 2022
Cumulative price change 13,749.13%
Average inflation rate 2.66%
Converted amount (£157 base) £21,743.14
Price difference (£157 base) £21,586.14
CPI in 1834 8.700
CPI in 2022 1,204.875
Inflation in 1834 -8.42%
Inflation in 2022 2.27%
£157 in 1834 £21,743.14 in 2022

GBP inflation since 1834
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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Buying power of £157 in 1834

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £157 in 1834 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £157, you would need to end with £21,743.14 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £157 is equivalent to £21,743.14 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 1834 dollars, the chart below shows how £157 is worth less over 188 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: 1834-2022
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1834 £157.00 -8.42%
1835 £160.61 2.30%
1836 £178.66 11.24%
1837 £182.26 2.02%
1838 £184.07 0.99%
1839 £196.70 6.86%
1840 £200.31 1.83%
1841 £196.70 -1.80%
1842 £180.46 -8.26%
1843 £160.61 -11.00%
1844 £160.61 0.00%
1845 £167.83 4.49%
1846 £175.05 4.30%
1847 £196.70 12.37%
1848 £171.44 -12.84%
1849 £160.61 -6.32%
1850 £151.59 -5.62%
1851 £146.17 -3.57%
1852 £146.17 0.00%
1853 £160.61 9.88%
1854 £184.07 14.61%
1855 £189.48 2.94%
1856 £189.48 0.00%
1857 £180.46 -4.76%
1858 £164.22 -9.00%
1859 £162.41 -1.10%
1860 £167.83 3.33%
1861 £171.44 2.15%
1862 £167.83 -2.11%
1863 £162.41 -3.23%
1864 £160.61 -1.11%
1865 £162.41 1.12%
1866 £171.44 5.56%
1867 £182.26 6.32%
1868 £180.46 -0.99%
1869 £171.44 -5.00%
1870 £171.44 0.00%
1871 £173.24 1.05%
1872 £180.46 4.17%
1873 £187.68 4.00%
1874 £180.46 -3.85%
1875 £176.85 -2.00%
1876 £176.85 0.00%
1877 £175.05 -1.02%
1878 £171.44 -2.06%
1879 £164.22 -4.21%
1880 £169.63 3.30%
1881 £167.83 -1.06%
1882 £169.63 1.08%
1883 £167.83 -1.06%
1884 £164.22 -2.15%
1885 £158.80 -3.30%
1886 £157.00 -1.14%
1887 £155.20 -1.15%
1888 £157.00 1.16%
1889 £158.80 1.15%
1890 £158.80 0.00%
1891 £160.61 1.14%
1892 £160.61 0.00%
1893 £158.80 -1.12%
1894 £157.00 -1.14%
1895 £155.20 -1.15%
1896 £153.39 -1.16%
1897 £157.00 2.35%
1898 £157.00 0.00%
1899 £158.80 1.15%
1900 £166.02 4.55%
1901 £166.02 0.00%
1902 £166.02 0.00%
1903 £167.83 1.09%
1904 £167.83 0.00%
1905 £167.83 0.00%
1906 £167.83 0.00%
1907 £169.63 1.08%
1908 £169.63 0.00%
1909 £171.44 1.06%
1910 £173.24 1.05%
1911 £173.24 0.00%
1912 £178.66 3.13%
1913 £176.85 -1.01%
1914 £176.85 0.00%
1915 £198.51 12.24%
1916 £234.60 18.18%
1917 £294.15 25.38%
1918 £359.11 22.09%
1919 £395.21 10.05%
1920 £456.56 15.53%
1921 £416.86 -8.70%
1922 £359.11 -13.85%
1923 £337.46 -6.03%
1924 £335.66 -0.53%
1925 £335.66 0.00%
1926 £333.85 -0.54%
1927 £324.83 -2.70%
1928 £324.83 0.00%
1929 £321.22 -1.11%
1930 £312.20 -2.81%
1931 £299.56 -4.05%
1932 £292.34 -2.41%
1933 £285.13 -2.47%
1934 £285.13 0.00%
1935 £286.93 0.63%
1936 £288.74 0.63%
1937 £299.56 3.75%
1938 £303.17 1.20%
1939 £312.20 2.98%
1940 £364.53 16.76%
1941 £404.23 10.89%
1942 £433.10 7.14%
1943 £447.54 3.33%
1944 £460.17 2.82%
1945 £472.80 2.75%
1946 £487.24 3.05%
1947 £521.53 7.04%
1948 £561.23 7.61%
1949 £577.47 2.89%
1950 £595.52 3.13%
1951 £649.66 9.09%
1952 £709.21 9.17%
1953 £730.86 3.05%
1954 £745.30 1.98%
1955 £777.78 4.36%
1956 £817.48 5.10%
1957 £846.36 3.53%
1958 £873.43 3.20%
1959 £877.03 0.41%
1960 £886.06 1.03%
1961 £916.74 3.46%
1962 £956.44 4.33%
1963 £974.48 1.89%
1964 £1,006.97 3.33%
1965 £1,053.89 4.66%
1966 £1,095.39 3.94%
1967 £1,124.26 2.64%
1968 £1,176.60 4.65%
1969 £1,239.76 5.37%
1970 £1,319.16 6.40%
1971 £1,443.68 9.44%
1972 £1,546.54 7.13%
1973 £1,687.30 9.10%
1974 £1,957.99 16.04%
1975 £2,432.60 24.24%
1976 £2,835.02 16.54%
1977 £3,284.37 15.85%
1978 £3,556.86 8.30%
1979 £4,033.28 13.39%
1980 £4,758.72 17.99%
1981 £5,323.56 11.87%
1982 £5,781.93 8.61%
1983 £6,047.21 4.59%
1984 £6,348.57 4.98%
1985 £6,734.76 6.08%
1986 £6,963.94 3.40%
1987 £7,254.48 4.17%
1988 £7,609.99 4.90%
1989 £8,201.90 7.78%
1990 £8,977.87 9.46%
1991 £9,504.82 5.87%
1992 £9,860.32 3.74%
1993 £10,017.32 1.59%
1994 £10,259.14 2.41%
1995 £10,614.64 3.47%
1996 £10,870.90 2.41%
1997 £11,211.97 3.14%
1998 £11,596.34 3.43%
1999 £11,775.00 1.54%
2000 £12,123.29 2.96%
2001 £12,338.03 1.77%
2002 £12,543.76 1.67%
2003 £12,906.48 2.89%
2004 £13,290.86 2.98%
2005 £13,666.22 2.82%
2006 £14,102.93 3.20%
2007 £14,707.47 4.29%
2008 £15,293.97 3.99%
2009 £15,212.76 -0.53%
2010 £15,914.75 4.61%
2011 £16,743.06 5.20%
2012 £17,280.83 3.21%
2013 £17,805.97 3.04%
2014 £18,226.44 2.36%
2015 £18,406.90 0.99%
2016 £18,726.31 1.74%
2017 £19,397.62 3.58%
2018 £19,921.36 2.70%
2019 £20,419.39 2.50%
2020 £20,786.94 1.80%
2021 £21,261.26 2.28%
2022 £21,743.14 2.27%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1834 amounts in today's pounds, based on the 13,749.13% change in prices:

Conversion: 1834 pounds today
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1834 £138.49 pounds today
£5 pounds in 1834 £692.46 pounds today
£10 pounds in 1834 £1,384.91 pounds today
£50 pounds in 1834 £6,924.57 pounds today
£100 pounds in 1834 £13,849.13 pounds today
£500 pounds in 1834 £69,245.66 pounds today
£1,000 pounds in 1834 £138,491.33 pounds today
£5,000 pounds in 1834 £692,456.64 pounds today
£10,000 pounds in 1834 £1,384,913.29 pounds today
£50,000 pounds in 1834 £6,924,566.43 pounds today
£100,000 pounds in 1834 £13,849,132.86 pounds today
£500,000 pounds in 1834 £69,245,664.32 pounds today
£1,000,000 pounds in 1834 £138,491,328.65 pounds today

How to calculate inflation rate for £157 since 1834

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1834 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1834
×
1834 GBP value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 8.7 in the year 1834 and 1204.87455923078 in 2022:

1204.874559230788.7
×
£157
=
£21,743.14

£157 in 1834 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £21,743.14 in 2022.

To get the total inflation rate for the 188 years between 1834 and 2022, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2022 - CPI in 1834CPI in 1834
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (188 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1204.87455923078 - 8.78.7
×
100
=
13,749%

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: “£157 in 1834 → 2022 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 May. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1834?amount=157.

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 1834 to 2022
Cumulative price change 13,749.13%
Average inflation rate 2.66%
Converted amount (£157 base) £21,743.14
Price difference (£157 base) £21,586.14
CPI in 1834 8.700
CPI in 2022 1,204.875
Inflation in 1834 -8.42%
Inflation in 2022 2.27%
£157 in 1834 £21,743.14 in 2022