Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Window Tax

I should have explained my throw away comment in the post below.

A tax on windows (effectively a glass tax) was introduced at the end of the 17th century and lasted through to the 19th. The amount payable depended on the number of windows in a house. As a result, windows were sometimes blocked up in order to reduce the amount of tax payable.


Shari said...

Thanks, that clears things up nicely!

Anonymous said...

I often wonder that about blocked up windows in old houses. I bet window tax was nearly as popular as the poll tax! :)