One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tax on windows or similar openings, abolished in 1851.
- ‘But at least five windows have been blocked, most likely to avoid the window tax first levied in 1696.’
- ‘William III's window tax was imposed on every dwelling except cottages.’
- ‘In 1697 a window tax was imposed on houses worth more than £5 per annum which had more than six windows, the tax being enacted to pay for the recoinage of silver.’
- ‘After all, it has its origins in the 17th and 18th centuries, when government sought to broaden the tax base through exotic levies such as the hearth tax and the window tax.’
- ‘I was once told that the mill was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, and windows were walled up to avoid the window tax of 1696.’
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