£1 in 1885 is worth £0.98 in 1895

Value of £1 from 1885 to 1895

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 1895 are 2.27% lower than average prices since 1885. The British pound experienced an average deflation rate of -0.23% per year during this period, causing the real value of a pound to increase.

In other words, £1 in 1885 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.98 in 1895, a difference of £-0.02 over 10 years.

The 1885 inflation rate was -3.30%. The inflation rate in 1895 was -1.15%. The 1895 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.99% per year between 1895 and 2020.


Inflation from 1885 to 1895
Cumulative price change -2.27%
Average inflation rate -0.23%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.98
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.02
CPI in 1885 8.800
CPI in 1895 8.600
Inflation in 1885 -3.30%
Inflation in 1895 -1.15%

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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Buying power of £1 in 1885

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £1 in 1885 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £1, you would need to end with £0.98 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

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: 1885-1895
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1885 £1.00 -3.30%
1886 £0.99 -1.14%
1887 £0.98 -1.15%
1888 £0.99 1.16%
1889 £1.00 1.15%
1890 £1.00 0.00%
1891 £1.01 1.14%
1892 £1.01 0.00%
1893 £1.00 -1.12%
1894 £0.99 -1.14%
1895 £0.98 -1.15%
1896 £0.97 -1.16%
1897 £0.99 2.35%
1898 £0.99 0.00%
1899 £1.00 1.15%
1900 £1.05 4.55%
1901 £1.05 0.00%
1902 £1.05 0.00%
1903 £1.06 1.09%
1904 £1.06 0.00%
1905 £1.06 0.00%
1906 £1.06 0.00%
1907 £1.07 1.08%
1908 £1.07 0.00%
1909 £1.08 1.06%
1910 £1.09 1.05%
1911 £1.09 0.00%
1912 £1.13 3.13%
1913 £1.11 -1.01%
1914 £1.11 0.00%
1915 £1.25 12.24%
1916 £1.48 18.18%
1917 £1.85 25.38%
1918 £2.26 22.09%
1919 £2.49 10.05%
1920 £2.88 15.53%
1921 £2.63 -8.70%
1922 £2.26 -13.85%
1923 £2.12 -6.03%
1924 £2.11 -0.53%
1925 £2.11 0.00%
1926 £2.10 -0.54%
1927 £2.05 -2.70%
1928 £2.05 0.00%
1929 £2.02 -1.11%
1930 £1.97 -2.81%
1931 £1.89 -4.05%
1932 £1.84 -2.41%
1933 £1.80 -2.47%
1934 £1.80 0.00%
1935 £1.81 0.63%
1936 £1.82 0.63%
1937 £1.89 3.75%
1938 £1.91 1.20%
1939 £1.97 2.98%
1940 £2.30 16.76%
1941 £2.55 10.89%
1942 £2.73 7.14%
1943 £2.82 3.33%
1944 £2.90 2.82%
1945 £2.98 2.75%
1946 £3.07 3.05%
1947 £3.28 7.04%
1948 £3.53 7.61%
1949 £3.64 2.89%
1950 £3.75 3.13%
1951 £4.09 9.09%
1952 £4.47 9.17%
1953 £4.60 3.05%
1954 £4.69 1.98%
1955 £4.90 4.36%
1956 £5.15 5.10%
1957 £5.33 3.53%
1958 £5.50 3.20%
1959 £5.52 0.41%
1960 £5.58 1.03%
1961 £5.77 3.46%
1962 £6.02 4.33%
1963 £6.14 1.89%
1964 £6.34 3.33%
1965 £6.64 4.66%
1966 £6.90 3.94%
1967 £7.08 2.64%
1968 £7.41 4.65%
1969 £7.81 5.37%
1970 £8.31 6.40%
1971 £9.09 9.44%
1972 £9.74 7.13%
1973 £10.63 9.10%
1974 £12.33 16.04%
1975 £15.32 24.24%
1976 £17.85 16.54%
1977 £20.68 15.85%
1978 £22.40 8.30%
1979 £25.40 13.39%
1980 £29.97 17.99%
1981 £33.52 11.87%
1982 £36.41 8.61%
1983 £38.08 4.59%
1984 £39.98 4.98%
1985 £42.41 6.08%
1986 £43.85 3.40%
1987 £45.68 4.17%
1988 £47.92 4.90%
1989 £51.65 7.78%
1990 £56.53 9.46%
1991 £59.85 5.87%
1992 £62.09 3.74%
1993 £63.08 1.59%
1994 £64.60 2.41%
1995 £66.84 3.47%
1996 £68.45 2.41%
1997 £70.60 3.14%
1998 £73.02 3.43%
1999 £74.15 1.54%
2000 £76.34 2.96%
2001 £77.69 1.77%
2002 £78.99 1.67%
2003 £81.27 2.89%
2004 £83.69 2.98%
2005 £86.06 2.82%
2006 £88.81 3.20%
2007 £92.61 4.29%
2008 £96.31 3.99%
2009 £95.80 -0.53%
2010 £100.22 4.61%
2011 £105.43 5.20%
2012 £108.82 3.21%
2013 £112.13 3.04%
2014 £114.77 2.36%
2015 £115.91 0.99%
2016 £117.92 1.74%
2017 £122.15 3.58%
2018 £125.18 2.48%
2019 £127.43 1.80%
2020 £129.35 1.50%*
* 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 1885 amounts in 1895 pounds, based on the -2.27% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a pound in 1895
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1885 £0.98 pounds in 1895
£5 pounds in 1885 £4.89 pounds in 1895
£10 pounds in 1885 £9.77 pounds in 1895
£50 pounds in 1885 £48.86 pounds in 1895
£100 pounds in 1885 £97.73 pounds in 1895
£500 pounds in 1885 £488.64 pounds in 1895
£1,000 pounds in 1885 £977.27 pounds in 1895
£5,000 pounds in 1885 £4,886.36 pounds in 1895
£10,000 pounds in 1885 £9,772.73 pounds in 1895
£50,000 pounds in 1885 £48,863.64 pounds in 1895
£100,000 pounds in 1885 £97,727.27 pounds in 1895
£500,000 pounds in 1885 £488,636.36 pounds in 1895
£1,000,000 pounds in 1885 £977,272.73 pounds in 1895

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1885 to 1895

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1885 and 1895:

CPI in 1895 CPI in 1885
×
1885 GBP value
=
1895 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 8.8 in the year 1885 and 8.6 in 1895:

8.68.8
×
£1
=
£0.98

£1 in 1885 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.98 in 1895.

To get the total inflation rate for the 10 years between 1885 and 1895, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1895 - CPI in 1885CPI in 1885
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (10 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.6 - 8.88.8
×
100
=
-2%

News headlines from 1885

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

  • King Leopold II of Belgium makes Congo his own personal, colonial possession.
  • Congo is given to Belgium whilst Nigeria is awarded to Great Britain during the Berlin Conference
  • Bismarck, German chancellor, conquers Cameron and Togoland
  • Louis Pasteur conducts the first successful test of an anti-rabies vaccine
  • Gottlieb Daimler invents the first motorcycle.

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 1885 → 1895 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Sep. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1885?amount=1&endYear=1895.

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 1885 to 1895
Cumulative price change -2.27%
Average inflation rate -0.23%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.98
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.02
CPI in 1885 8.800
CPI in 1895 8.600
Inflation in 1885 -3.30%
Inflation in 1895 -1.15%