£130 in 1891 is worth £18,358.56 today

Value of £130 from 1891 to 2022

£130 in 1891 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £18,358.56 today, an increase of £18,228.56 over 131 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 3.85% per year between 1891 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 14,021.97%.

This means that today's prices are 141.22 times higher than average prices since 1891, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index. A pound today only buys 0.708% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1891 was 1.14%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now 6.46%. If this number holds, £130 today will be equivalent in buying power to £138.40 next year.


Inflation from 1891 to 2022
Cumulative price change14,021.97%
Average inflation rate3.85%
Converted amount (£130 base)£18,358.56
Price difference (£130 base)£18,228.56
CPI in 18918.900
CPI in 20221,256.855
Inflation in 18911.14%
Inflation in 20226.46%
£130 in 1891£18,358.56 in 2022

GBP inflation since 1891
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI
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Buying power of £130 in 1891

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £130 in 1891 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £130, you would need to end with £18,358.56 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £130 is equivalent to £18,358.56 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 1891 dollars, the chart below shows how £130 is worth less over 131 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: 1891-2022
YearPound ValueInflation Rate
1891£130.001.14%
1892£130.000.00%
1893£128.54-1.12%
1894£127.08-1.14%
1895£125.62-1.15%
1896£124.16-1.16%
1897£127.082.35%
1898£127.080.00%
1899£128.541.15%
1900£134.384.55%
1901£134.380.00%
1902£134.380.00%
1903£135.841.09%
1904£135.840.00%
1905£135.840.00%
1906£135.840.00%
1907£137.301.08%
1908£137.300.00%
1909£138.761.06%
1910£140.221.05%
1911£140.220.00%
1912£144.613.13%
1913£143.15-1.01%
1914£143.150.00%
1915£160.6712.24%
1916£189.8918.18%
1917£238.0925.38%
1918£290.6722.09%
1919£319.8910.05%
1920£369.5515.53%
1921£337.42-8.70%
1922£290.67-13.85%
1923£273.15-6.03%
1924£271.69-0.53%
1925£271.690.00%
1926£270.22-0.54%
1927£262.92-2.70%
1928£262.920.00%
1929£260.00-1.11%
1930£252.70-2.81%
1931£242.47-4.05%
1932£236.63-2.41%
1933£230.79-2.47%
1934£230.790.00%
1935£232.250.63%
1936£233.710.63%
1937£242.473.75%
1938£245.391.20%
1939£252.702.98%
1940£295.0616.76%
1941£327.1910.89%
1942£350.567.14%
1943£362.253.33%
1944£372.472.82%
1945£382.702.75%
1946£394.383.05%
1947£422.137.04%
1948£454.277.61%
1949£467.422.89%
1950£482.023.13%
1951£525.849.09%
1952£574.049.17%
1953£591.573.05%
1954£603.261.98%
1955£629.554.36%
1956£661.695.10%
1957£685.063.53%
1958£706.973.20%
1959£709.890.41%
1960£717.191.03%
1961£742.023.46%
1962£774.164.33%
1963£788.761.89%
1964£815.063.33%
1965£853.034.66%
1966£886.633.94%
1967£910.002.64%
1968£952.364.65%
1969£1,003.485.37%
1970£1,067.756.40%
1971£1,168.549.44%
1972£1,251.807.13%
1973£1,365.739.10%
1974£1,584.8316.04%
1975£1,968.9924.24%
1976£2,294.7216.54%
1977£2,658.4315.85%
1978£2,878.998.30%
1979£3,264.6113.39%
1980£3,851.8017.99%
1981£4,308.9911.87%
1982£4,680.008.61%
1983£4,894.724.59%
1984£5,138.654.98%
1985£5,451.246.08%
1986£5,636.743.40%
1987£5,871.914.17%
1988£6,159.664.90%
1989£6,638.767.78%
1990£7,266.859.46%
1991£7,693.375.87%
1992£7,981.123.74%
1993£8,108.201.59%
1994£8,303.932.41%
1995£8,591.693.47%
1996£8,799.102.41%
1997£9,075.173.14%
1998£9,386.293.43%
1999£9,530.901.54%
2000£9,812.812.96%
2001£9,986.631.77%
2002£10,153.151.67%
2003£10,446.742.89%
2004£10,757.872.98%
2005£11,061.692.82%
2006£11,415.173.20%
2007£11,904.494.29%
2008£12,379.213.99%
2009£12,313.48-0.53%
2010£12,881.694.61%
2011£13,552.135.20%
2012£13,987.423.21%
2013£14,412.473.04%
2014£14,752.812.36%
2015£14,898.880.99%
2016£15,157.421.74%
2017£15,700.793.58%
2018£16,124.712.70%
2019£16,527.832.50%
2020£16,825.331.80%
2021£17,244.562.49%
2022£18,358.566.46%*
* 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 1891 amounts in today's pounds, based on the 14,021.97% change in prices:

Conversion: 1891 pounds today
Initial valueEquivalent value
£1 pound in 1891£141.22 pounds today
£5 pounds in 1891£706.10 pounds today
£10 pounds in 1891£1,412.20 pounds today
£50 pounds in 1891£7,060.98 pounds today
£100 pounds in 1891£14,121.97 pounds today
£500 pounds in 1891£70,609.83 pounds today
£1,000 pounds in 1891£141,219.66 pounds today
£5,000 pounds in 1891£706,098.30 pounds today
£10,000 pounds in 1891£1,412,196.60 pounds today
£50,000 pounds in 1891£7,060,983.00 pounds today
£100,000 pounds in 1891£14,121,966.01 pounds today
£500,000 pounds in 1891£70,609,830.05 pounds today
£1,000,000 pounds in 1891£141,219,660.10 pounds today

How to calculate inflation rate for £130 since 1891

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1891 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1891
×
1891 GBP value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 8.9 in the year 1891 and 1256.854974878 in 2022:

1256.8549748788.9
×
£130
=
£18,358.56

£130 in 1891 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £18,358.56 in 2022.

To get the total inflation rate for the 131 years between 1891 and 2022, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2022 - CPI in 1891CPI in 1891
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (131 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1256.854974878 - 8.98.9
×
100
=
14,022%

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: “£130 in 1891 → 2022 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 7 Aug. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1891?amount=130.

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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 1891 to 2022
Cumulative price change14,021.97%
Average inflation rate3.85%
Converted amount (£130 base)£18,358.56
Price difference (£130 base)£18,228.56
CPI in 18918.900
CPI in 20221,256.855
Inflation in 18911.14%
Inflation in 20226.46%
£130 in 1891£18,358.56 in 2022