Historical UK Inflation And Price Conversion

The table further down this page shows the cumulative historical UK inflation rate between 1751 and today and allows you to convert between prices in any years in that range, or just to browse the history of the UK annual inflation rate. The Historical Price Converter widget below allows you to do this easily — and the widget can be used on your own website.

The Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation measure is used — the historical inflation data come from the 2004 paper ‘Consumer Price Inflation Since 1750’ (ISSN 0013-0400, Economic Trends No. 604, pp 38-46) by Jim O’Donoghue, Louise Goulding, and Grahame Allen, which estimates historic British inflation back to 1750. You can also download the data in either Comma-Separated Values (CSV) format or Tab-Separated Values (TSV) format.

YearInflationMultiplier
20131.0
20123.2%1.0
20115.2%1.1
20104.6%1.1
2009-0.5%1.1
20084.0%1.2
20074.3%1.2
20063.2%1.3
20052.8%1.3
20043.0%1.3
20032.9%1.4
20021.7%1.4
20011.8%1.4
20003.0%1.5
19991.5%1.5
19983.4%1.5
19973.1%1.6
19962.4%1.6
19953.5%1.7
19942.4%1.7
19931.6%1.8
19923.7%1.8
19915.9%1.9
19909.5%2.1
19897.8%2.3
19884.9%2.4
19874.2%2.5
19863.4%2.6
19856.1%2.7
19845.0%2.9
19834.6%3.0
19828.6%3.3
198111.9%3.6
198018.0%4.3
197913.4%4.9
19788.3%5.3
197715.8%6.1
197616.5%7.1
197524.2%8.8
197416.0%10.0
19739.2%11.0
19727.1%12.0
19719.4%13.0
19706.4%14.0
19695.4%15.0
19684.7%15.0
19672.5%16.0
19663.9%16.0
19654.8%17.0
19643.3%18.0
19632.0%18.0
19624.3%19.0
19613.4%20.0
19601.0%20.0
19590.6%20.0
19583.0%20.0
19573.7%21.0
19564.9%22.0
19554.5%23.0
19541.8%24.0
19533.1%24.0
19529.2%27.0
19519.1%29.0
19503.1%30.0
19492.8%31.0
19487.7%33.0
19477.0%35.0
19463.1%37.0
19452.8%38.0
19442.7%39.0
19433.4%40.0
19427.1%43.0
194110.8%47.0
194016.8%55.0
19392.8%57.0
19381.6%58.0
19373.4%60.0
19360.7%60.0
19350.7%61.0
19340.0%61.0
1933-2.1%59.0
1932-2.6%58.0
1931-4.3%55.0
1930-2.8%54.0
1929-0.9%53.0
1928-0.3%53.0
1927-2.4%52.0
1926-0.8%51.0
19250.3%52.0
1924-0.7%51.0
1923-6.0%48.0
1922-14.0%41.0
1921-8.6%38.0
192015.4%44.0
191910.1%48.0
191822.0%59.0
191725.2%73.0
191618.1%87.0
191512.5%98.0
1914-0.3%97.0
1913-0.4%97.0
19123.0%100.0
19110.1%100.0
19100.9%100.0
19090.5%100.0
19080.5%100.0
19071.2%100.0
19060.0%100.0
19050.4%100.0
1904-0.2%100.0
19030.4%100.0
19020.0%100.0
19010.5%100.0
19005.1%110.0
18990.7%110.0
18980.3%110.0
18971.5%110.0
1896-0.3%110.0
1895-1.0%110.0
1894-2.0%110.0
1893-0.7%110.0
18920.4%110.0
18910.7%110.0
18900.2%110.0
18891.4%110.0
18880.7%110.0
1887-0.5%110.0
1886-1.6%110.0
1885-3.0%110.0
1884-2.7%100.0
1883-0.5%100.0
18821.0%100.0
1881-1.1%100.0
18803.0%110.0
1879-4.4%100.0
1878-2.2%99.0
1877-0.7%98.0
1876-0.3%98.0
1875-1.9%96.0
1874-3.3%93.0
18733.1%95.0
18724.7%100.0
18711.4%100.0
18700.0%100.0
1869-5.0%96.0
1868-1.7%95.0
18676.1%100.0
18666.5%110.0
18650.9%110.0
1864-0.9%110.0
1863-3.6%100.0
1862-2.6%100.0
18612.7%100.0
18603.7%110.0
1859-1.8%110.0
1858-8.4%96.0
1857-5.6%91.0
18560.0%91.0
18553.3%94.0
185415.1%110.0
18539.3%120.0
18520.0%120.0
1851-3.0%110.0
1850-6.4%110.0
1849-6.3%100.0
1848-12.1%88.0
184712.0%99.0
18464.0%100.0
18454.9%110.0
1844-0.1%110.0
1843-11.3%96.0
1842-7.6%88.0
1841-2.3%86.0
18401.8%88.0
18397.3%94.0
18380.7%95.0
18372.5%97.0
183611.0%110.0
18351.7%110.0
1834-7.8%100.0
1833-6.1%95.0
1832-7.4%88.0
18319.9%97.0
1830-3.6%93.0
1829-1.0%92.0
1828-2.9%90.0
1827-6.5%84.0
1826-5.5%79.0
182517.4%93.0
18248.6%100.0
18236.8%110.0
1822-13.5%93.0
1821-12.0%82.0
1820-9.3%74.0
1819-2.5%73.0
18180.3%73.0
181713.5%83.0
1816-8.4%76.0
1815-10.7%68.0
1814-12.7%59.0
18132.5%61.0
181213.2%68.0
1811-2.9%67.0
18103.2%69.0
18099.7%75.0
18083.4%78.0
1807-1.9%76.0
1806-4.4%73.0
180516.2%85.0
18043.2%88.0
1803-5.9%82.0
1802-23.0%63.0
180111.7%71.0
180036.5%97.0
179912.3%110.0
1798-2.2%110.0
1797-10.0%96.0
17966.4%100.0
179511.6%110.0
17947.7%120.0
17932.8%130.0
17921.5%130.0
1791-0.1%130.0
17901.8%130.0
1789-1.3%130.0
17884.0%130.0
1787-0.6%130.0
17860.0%130.0
1785-4.0%130.0
17840.6%130.0
178312.0%140.0
17822.1%150.0
17814.1%150.0
1780-3.4%150.0
1779-8.5%130.0
17784.0%140.0
1777-0.4%140.0
1776-2.2%140.0
1775-5.6%130.0
17740.9%130.0
1773-0.3%130.0
177210.7%140.0
17718.5%160.0
1770-0.4%150.0
1769-8.2%140.0
1768-1.1%140.0
17675.8%150.0
17661.2%150.0
17653.5%160.0
17648.9%170.0
17632.7%170.0
17623.9%180.0
1761-4.5%170.0
1760-4.5%170.0
1759-7.9%150.0
1758-0.3%150.0
175721.8%180.0
17564.2%190.0
1755-6.0%180.0
17545.1%190.0
1753-2.7%180.0
17524.7%190.0
1751-2.7%190.0

Using the price conversion widget on your own website

You can use the Historical Price Converter widget on your own website by including the following line of HTML:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://safalra.com/other/historical-uk-inflation-price-conversion/widget.js">

You can centre the iframe, as done at the top of this page, by placing the code shown above inside a div element and styling that element. This code loads a JavaScript file which then creates an iframe to contain the widget. JavaScript is used for two reasons — firstly, it prevents the iframe from making your page invalid HTML if you are using HTML 4.01 Strict, and, secondly, it allows updated versions of the widget to have a different height without you needing to change anything on your website.

This article was last edited on 17th October 2014. The author can be contacted using the form below.
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