Window tax


Ad Honoris
Aug 2010
Welsh Marches
The window tax in England was a sort of tax on property ownership, the number of windows in a house bearing some relation to its value and being very easy to assess. It was abolsihed in the mid-19th Century but people still know about it because blocked windows can be seen in so many old houses. Its main drawback was that people often blocked windows as a result, and it was not good for them to be short of light and have inadequate ventilation. A similar tax lasted until after the First World War in France.


Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
Las Vegas, NV USA
Numbers are hard to find for 1800 but in midVictorian England the middle class made 150 to 1000 pounds annually (lower, middle upper). Working class could survive on as little 50 pounds annually sharing quarters in crowded slums. Rates were lower in rural areas.

The Victorian middle classes