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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:46 am 
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Saturday 21 November 1846

Caution - Fortune Telling.

A short time ago, a party of gypsies pitched their tent in alane leading from Wine Wall to Wycoller, in the neighbourhood of cOlne, and have been practising, amongst otherthings, the art and mystery of fortune-telling. Last week, one of them succeeded so far as to prevail on a simple-minded farmer and his wife to part with £100, to perform some wonder with, and has not been heard of since. Let the simple beware.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:04 pm 

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£100!!!!!!! How much :shock: Even in today's money that's still a lot! Anybody know what that would have been in comparison?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:21 pm 
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Patricia,

http://measuringworth.com/calculators/ppoweruk/
The measures used in this calculator are the longest series of their kind: the retail price index and an index of average earnings


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:48 pm 
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Using the site Kris mentions

In 2005, £100 0s 0d from 1846 is worth

£6,447.18 using the retail price index.
£66,275.99 using average earnings.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:25 am 

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Good grief! Can one assume than, this was not one your normal run of the mill farmers!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:19 am 
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They may have been simple but they were certainly earning...or so it would seem.

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