#On This Day – Windows

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

#OnThisDay

On the 24th July 1851 window tax was repealed in England. First introduced under William III in 1696, the tax was originally designed as a form of property tax linked to the prosperity of the property owner. However, the tax was not without its detractors, who named it a tax on light and air.

But what does the unexpected history of windows have to do with Henry VIII, Imperial Ambassador Eustace Chapuys, HMS Victory, Jane Austen & vampires?

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