# £1,600 in 1870 is worth £200,016.21 today

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## Value of £1,600 from 1870 to 2021

£1,600 in 1870 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £200,016.21 today, an increase of £198,416.21 over 151 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 3.25% per year between 1870 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 12,401.01%.

This means that today's prices are 125.01 times higher than average prices since 1870, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index. A pound today only buys 0.80% of what it could buy back then.

The 1870 inflation rate was 0.00%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 3.10%1. If this number holds, £1,600 today will be equivalent in buying power to £1,649.60 next year.

 Cumulative price change 12,401.01% Average inflation rate 3.25% Converted amount (£1,600 base) £200,016.21 Price difference (£1,600 base) £198,416.21 CPI in 1870 9.500 CPI in 2021 1,187.596 Inflation in 1870 0.00% Inflation in 2021 3.10% £1,600 in 1870 £200,016.21 in 2021

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI

## Buying power of £1,600 in 1870

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £1,600 in 1870 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £1,600, you would need to end with £200,016.21 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £1,600 is equivalent to £200,016.21 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 1870 dollars, the chart below shows how £1,600 is worth less over 151 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: 1870-2021
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1870 £1,600.00 -
1871 £1,616.84 1.05%
1872 £1,684.21 4.17%
1873 £1,751.58 4.00%
1874 £1,684.21 -3.85%
1875 £1,650.53 -2.00%
1876 £1,650.53 0.00%
1877 £1,633.68 -1.02%
1878 £1,600.00 -2.06%
1879 £1,532.63 -4.21%
1880 £1,583.16 3.30%
1881 £1,566.32 -1.06%
1882 £1,583.16 1.08%
1883 £1,566.32 -1.06%
1884 £1,532.63 -2.15%
1885 £1,482.11 -3.30%
1886 £1,465.26 -1.14%
1887 £1,448.42 -1.15%
1888 £1,465.26 1.16%
1889 £1,482.11 1.15%
1890 £1,482.11 0.00%
1891 £1,498.95 1.14%
1892 £1,498.95 0.00%
1893 £1,482.11 -1.12%
1894 £1,465.26 -1.14%
1895 £1,448.42 -1.15%
1896 £1,431.58 -1.16%
1897 £1,465.26 2.35%
1898 £1,465.26 0.00%
1899 £1,482.11 1.15%
1900 £1,549.47 4.55%
1901 £1,549.47 0.00%
1902 £1,549.47 0.00%
1903 £1,566.32 1.09%
1904 £1,566.32 0.00%
1905 £1,566.32 0.00%
1906 £1,566.32 0.00%
1907 £1,583.16 1.08%
1908 £1,583.16 0.00%
1909 £1,600.00 1.06%
1910 £1,616.84 1.05%
1911 £1,616.84 0.00%
1912 £1,667.37 3.13%
1913 £1,650.53 -1.01%
1914 £1,650.53 0.00%
1915 £1,852.63 12.24%
1916 £2,189.47 18.18%
1917 £2,745.26 25.38%
1918 £3,351.58 22.09%
1919 £3,688.42 10.05%
1920 £4,261.05 15.53%
1921 £3,890.53 -8.70%
1922 £3,351.58 -13.85%
1923 £3,149.47 -6.03%
1924 £3,132.63 -0.53%
1925 £3,132.63 0.00%
1926 £3,115.79 -0.54%
1927 £3,031.58 -2.70%
1928 £3,031.58 0.00%
1929 £2,997.89 -1.11%
1930 £2,913.68 -2.81%
1931 £2,795.79 -4.05%
1932 £2,728.42 -2.41%
1933 £2,661.05 -2.47%
1934 £2,661.05 0.00%
1935 £2,677.89 0.63%
1936 £2,694.74 0.63%
1937 £2,795.79 3.75%
1938 £2,829.47 1.20%
1939 £2,913.68 2.98%
1940 £3,402.11 16.76%
1941 £3,772.63 10.89%
1942 £4,042.11 7.14%
1943 £4,176.84 3.33%
1944 £4,294.74 2.82%
1945 £4,412.63 2.75%
1946 £4,547.37 3.05%
1947 £4,867.37 7.04%
1948 £5,237.89 7.61%
1949 £5,389.47 2.89%
1950 £5,557.89 3.13%
1951 £6,063.16 9.09%
1952 £6,618.95 9.17%
1953 £6,821.05 3.05%
1954 £6,955.79 1.98%
1955 £7,258.95 4.36%
1956 £7,629.47 5.10%
1957 £7,898.95 3.53%
1958 £8,151.58 3.20%
1959 £8,185.26 0.41%
1960 £8,269.47 1.03%
1961 £8,555.79 3.46%
1962 £8,926.32 4.33%
1963 £9,094.74 1.89%
1964 £9,397.89 3.33%
1965 £9,835.79 4.66%
1966 £10,223.16 3.94%
1967 £10,492.63 2.64%
1968 £10,981.05 4.65%
1969 £11,570.53 5.37%
1970 £12,311.58 6.40%
1971 £13,473.68 9.44%
1972 £14,433.68 7.13%
1973 £15,747.37 9.10%
1974 £18,273.68 16.04%
1975 £22,703.16 24.24%
1976 £26,458.95 16.54%
1977 £30,652.63 15.85%
1978 £33,195.79 8.30%
1979 £37,642.11 13.39%
1980 £44,412.63 17.99%
1981 £49,684.21 11.87%
1982 £53,962.11 8.61%
1983 £56,437.89 4.59%
1984 £59,250.53 4.98%
1985 £62,854.74 6.08%
1986 £64,993.68 3.40%
1987 £67,705.26 4.17%
1988 £71,023.16 4.90%
1989 £76,547.37 7.78%
1990 £83,789.47 9.46%
1991 £88,707.37 5.87%
1992 £92,025.26 3.74%
1993 £93,490.53 1.59%
1994 £95,747.37 2.41%
1995 £99,065.26 3.47%
1996 £101,456.84 2.41%
1997 £104,640.00 3.14%
1998 £108,227.37 3.43%
1999 £109,894.74 1.54%
2000 £113,145.26 2.96%
2001 £115,149.47 1.77%
2002 £117,069.47 1.67%
2003 £120,454.74 2.89%
2004 £124,042.11 2.98%
2005 £127,545.26 2.82%
2006 £131,621.05 3.20%
2007 £137,263.16 4.29%
2008 £142,736.84 3.99%
2009 £141,978.95 -0.53%
2010 £148,530.53 4.61%
2011 £156,261.05 5.20%
2012 £161,280.00 3.21%
2013 £166,181.05 3.04%
2014 £170,105.26 2.36%
2015 £171,789.47 0.99%
2016 £174,770.53 1.74%
2017 £181,035.79 3.58%
2018 £185,923.76 2.70%
2019 £190,571.85 2.50%
2020 £194,002.14 1.80%
2021 £200,016.21 3.10%*
* 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 1870 amounts in today's pounds, based on the 12,401.01% change in prices:

Conversion: 1870 pounds today
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1870 £125.01 pounds today
£5 pounds in 1870 £625.05 pounds today
£10 pounds in 1870 £1,250.10 pounds today
£50 pounds in 1870 £6,250.51 pounds today
£100 pounds in 1870 £12,501.01 pounds today
£500 pounds in 1870 £62,505.07 pounds today
£1,000 pounds in 1870 £125,010.13 pounds today
£5,000 pounds in 1870 £625,050.65 pounds today
£10,000 pounds in 1870 £1,250,101.31 pounds today
£50,000 pounds in 1870 £6,250,506.53 pounds today
£100,000 pounds in 1870 £12,501,013.05 pounds today
£500,000 pounds in 1870 £62,505,065.26 pounds today
£1,000,000 pounds in 1870 £125,010,130.53 pounds today

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1,600 since 1870

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1870 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1870
×
1870 GBP value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 9.5 in the year 1870 and 1187.59624 in 2021:

1187.596249.5
×
£1,600
=
£200,016.21

£1,600 in 1870 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £200,016.21 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 151 years between 1870 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1870CPI in 1870
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (151 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1187.59624 - 9.59.5
×
100
=
12,401%

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

• New York begins building the Brooklyn Bridge (the bridge is completed in 1883).
• Austria inaugurates Wiener Musikverein, also known as the Great Hall, in Vienna.
• The Carson City mint, in Nevada, starts issuing coins.

## 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: “£1,600 in 1870 → 2021 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Nov. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1870?amount=1600.

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