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According to this UK Parliament pdf, the spending power of a 2001 £ was 2% of an 1821 £.

That would put £130 in the 1820s at £6,500 in the 2000s.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:48:03 AM EST
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Which seems ridiculously out of proportion with the work described.

Depends no doubt on your definition of spending power. Parliamentary research probably didn't include putting rocking stones back in place.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:53:41 AM EST
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Looking at Mig's link unskilled workers in 1837 appears to have made 0.5-1 £ a month, mostly depending on gender. Minimum wage today for ages 21 and up is 6.19£ an hour, which comes to about a thousand pounds a month. So in hiring unskilled male labor for pulling a rock, for the same money you should get a thousand time more workers in the early 19th century then today.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 02:42:03 AM EST
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