Currency Converter – Old Money to New

Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library
Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library

When reading wills and other historic documents it is difficult to work out when sums of money are mentioned how much it is worth in today’s currency.

The National Archives have kindly provided a currency converter to help with this. You simply enter the amount of money mentioned, select the year and the website does the rest – nice and easy!

So, for example, £100 in 1780 would have the same spending power as just over £6,000 in today’s currency. The website, however, only converts at 2005’s value so it’s slightly out, but it gives quite a reasonable estimate.

National Archives Currency Converter