In the 1690s the English Monarch William III introduced a Window Tax. As the name suggests, this was a tax levied on the windows or window-like openings of a property. The details were much amended over time, but the tax was levied originally on all dwellings except cottages. The upper classes, having the largest houses, paid the most.
People went to great pains to avoid paying it and many windows were bricked up for that reason. The sight of such windows is so much part of the English architectural heritage that many buildings still have this feature even though they were built long after the tax had been abolished.
July 31st, 2014
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