UK inflation rate in 1803: -5.17%

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Inflation since 1803 and its effect on pound value

The composite price index (CPI) in 1803 was 11. It was 11.6 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by the Office for National Statistics to calculate inflation.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.16% per year. Prices in 2018 are 9884.3% higher than prices in 1803.

In other words, £100 in 1803 is equivalent in purchasing power to £9,984.29 in 2018, a difference of £9,884.29 over 215 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.20%1. If this number holds, £100 today will be equivalent to £102.20 next year.

Inflation from 1803 to 2018
Cumulative price change 9884.29%
Average inflation rate 2.16%
Converted amount (£100 base) £9,984.29
Price difference (£100 base) £9,884.29
CPI in 1803 11
CPI in 2018 1098.27186


UK inflation chart from 1988 to 2017. Based on the UK Consumer Price Index.


How to calculate the inflation rate for £100 since 1803

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1803 * 1803 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 11 in the year 1803 and 1098.27186 in 2018:

1098.27186 / 11 * £100 = £9,984.29

£100 in 1803 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £9,984.29 in 2018.


Buying power of £100 since 1803

Below are calculations of buying power over time for £100 in 1803 (price index tracking began in 1750). Each of these GBP amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year GBP Value Inflation Rate
1803 £100.00 -5.17%
1804 £102.73 2.73%
1805 £119.09 15.93%
1806 £114.55 -3.82%
1807 £111.82 -2.38%
1808 £116.36 4.07%
1809 £127.27 9.37%
1810 £130.91 2.86%
1811 £127.27 -2.78%
1812 £144.55 13.57%
1813 £148.18 2.52%
1814 £129.09 -12.88%
1815 £115.45 -10.56%
1816 £105.45 -8.66%
1817 £120.00 13.79%
1818 £120.00 0.00%
1819 £117.27 -2.27%
1820 £106.36 -9.30%
1821 £93.64 -11.97%
1822 £80.91 -13.59%
1823 £86.36 6.74%
1824 £93.64 8.42%
1825 £110.00 17.48%
1826 £103.64 -5.79%
1827 £97.27 -6.14%
1828 £94.55 -2.80%
1829 £93.64 -0.96%
1830 £90.00 -3.88%
1831 £99.09 10.10%
1832 £91.82 -7.34%
1833 £86.36 -5.94%
1834 £79.09 -8.42%
1835 £80.91 2.30%
1836 £90.00 11.24%
1837 £91.82 2.02%
1838 £92.73 0.99%
1839 £99.09 6.86%
1840 £100.91 1.83%
1841 £99.09 -1.80%
1842 £90.91 -8.26%
1843 £80.91 -11.00%
1844 £80.91 0.00%
1845 £84.55 4.49%
1846 £88.18 4.30%
1847 £99.09 12.37%
1848 £86.36 -12.84%
1849 £80.91 -6.32%
1850 £76.36 -5.62%
1851 £73.64 -3.57%
1852 £73.64 0.00%
1853 £80.91 9.88%
1854 £92.73 14.61%
1855 £95.45 2.94%
1856 £95.45 0.00%
1857 £90.91 -4.76%
1858 £82.73 -9.00%
1859 £81.82 -1.10%
1860 £84.55 3.33%
1861 £86.36 2.15%
1862 £84.55 -2.11%
1863 £81.82 -3.23%
1864 £80.91 -1.11%
1865 £81.82 1.12%
1866 £86.36 5.56%
1867 £91.82 6.32%
1868 £90.91 -0.99%
1869 £86.36 -5.00%
1870 £86.36 0.00%
1871 £87.27 1.05%
1872 £90.91 4.17%
1873 £94.55 4.00%
1874 £90.91 -3.85%
1875 £89.09 -2.00%
1876 £89.09 0.00%
1877 £88.18 -1.02%
1878 £86.36 -2.06%
1879 £82.73 -4.21%
1880 £85.45 3.30%
1881 £84.55 -1.06%
1882 £85.45 1.08%
1883 £84.55 -1.06%
1884 £82.73 -2.15%
1885 £80.00 -3.30%
1886 £79.09 -1.14%
1887 £78.18 -1.15%
1888 £79.09 1.16%
1889 £80.00 1.15%
1890 £80.00 0.00%
1891 £80.91 1.14%
1892 £80.91 0.00%
1893 £80.00 -1.12%
1894 £79.09 -1.14%
1895 £78.18 -1.15%
1896 £77.27 -1.16%
1897 £79.09 2.35%
1898 £79.09 0.00%
1899 £80.00 1.15%
1900 £83.64 4.55%
1901 £83.64 0.00%
1902 £83.64 0.00%
1903 £84.55 1.09%
1904 £84.55 0.00%
1905 £84.55 0.00%
1906 £84.55 0.00%
1907 £85.45 1.08%
1908 £85.45 0.00%
1909 £86.36 1.06%
1910 £87.27 1.05%
1911 £87.27 0.00%
1912 £90.00 3.13%
1913 £89.09 -1.01%
1914 £89.09 0.00%
1915 £100.00 12.24%
1916 £118.18 18.18%
1917 £148.18 25.38%
1918 £180.91 22.09%
1919 £199.09 10.05%
1920 £230.00 15.53%
1921 £210.00 -8.70%
1922 £180.91 -13.85%
1923 £170.00 -6.03%
1924 £169.09 -0.53%
1925 £169.09 0.00%
1926 £168.18 -0.54%
1927 £163.64 -2.70%
1928 £163.64 0.00%
1929 £161.82 -1.11%
1930 £157.27 -2.81%
1931 £150.91 -4.05%
1932 £147.27 -2.41%
1933 £143.64 -2.47%
1934 £143.64 0.00%
1935 £144.55 0.63%
1936 £145.45 0.63%
1937 £150.91 3.75%
1938 £152.73 1.20%
1939 £157.27 2.98%
1940 £183.64 16.76%
1941 £203.64 10.89%
1942 £218.18 7.14%
1943 £225.45 3.33%
1944 £231.82 2.82%
1945 £238.18 2.75%
1946 £245.45 3.05%
1947 £262.73 7.04%
1948 £282.73 7.61%
1949 £290.91 2.89%
1950 £300.00 3.13%
1951 £327.27 9.09%
1952 £357.27 9.17%
1953 £368.18 3.05%
1954 £375.45 1.98%
1955 £391.82 4.36%
1956 £411.82 5.10%
1957 £426.36 3.53%
1958 £440.00 3.20%
1959 £441.82 0.41%
1960 £446.36 1.03%
1961 £461.82 3.46%
1962 £481.82 4.33%
1963 £490.91 1.89%
1964 £507.27 3.33%
1965 £530.91 4.66%
1966 £551.82 3.94%
1967 £566.36 2.64%
1968 £592.73 4.65%
1969 £624.55 5.37%
1970 £664.55 6.40%
1971 £727.27 9.44%
1972 £779.09 7.13%
1973 £850.00 9.10%
1974 £986.36 16.04%
1975 £1,225.45 24.24%
1976 £1,428.18 16.54%
1977 £1,654.55 15.85%
1978 £1,791.82 8.30%
1979 £2,031.82 13.39%
1980 £2,397.27 17.99%
1981 £2,681.82 11.87%
1982 £2,912.73 8.61%
1983 £3,046.36 4.59%
1984 £3,198.18 4.98%
1985 £3,392.73 6.08%
1986 £3,508.18 3.40%
1987 £3,654.55 4.17%
1988 £3,833.64 4.90%
1989 £4,131.82 7.78%
1990 £4,522.73 9.46%
1991 £4,788.18 5.87%
1992 £4,967.27 3.74%
1993 £5,046.36 1.59%
1994 £5,168.18 2.41%
1995 £5,347.27 3.47%
1996 £5,476.36 2.41%
1997 £5,648.18 3.14%
1998 £5,841.82 3.43%
1999 £5,931.82 1.54%
2000 £6,107.27 2.96%
2001 £6,215.45 1.77%
2002 £6,319.09 1.67%
2003 £6,501.82 2.89%
2004 £6,695.45 2.98%
2005 £6,884.55 2.82%
2006 £7,104.55 3.20%
2007 £7,409.09 4.29%
2008 £7,704.55 3.99%
2009 £7,663.64 -0.53%
2010 £8,017.27 4.61%
2011 £8,434.55 5.20%
2012 £8,705.45 3.21%
2013 £8,970.00 3.04%
2014 £9,181.82 2.36%
2015 £9,272.73 0.99%
2016 £9,430.36 1.70%
2017 £9,769.36 3.59%
2018 £9,984.29 2.20%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1803

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

  • John Hawkins and Richard French, patent the reaping machine
  • America makes the Louisiana Purchase.
  • The Surrey Iron Railway opens in London
  • The Louisiana Purchase is formally marked by the lowering of the French flag in New Orleans
  • 1978 Sweden introduces a ban on aerosols.
  • Over 30 countries ratify the Environmental Modification Convention, prohibiting weather warefare
  • Karol Wojtyla, Polish Cardinal, is elected as the new pope, taking the name Pope John Paul II
  • Iranian General Gholam Reza Azhari forms a military government placing Iran under military rule.
  • 918 members of Peoples Temple cult, led by Jim Jones, were murdered or committed suicide in Jonestown Guyana.

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 1803 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/UK-inflation-rate-in-1803.


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