Daylight Robbery; the Window Tax – a Steampunk Perspective

The top image for this article is courtesy Gerard Tohill Photography – all rights reserved. I am grateful for him contacting me to set the record straight, because I do prefer to give credit where credit is due.

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Window Tax Image courtesy of Gerard Tohill Photography – all rights reserved

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”            L. P. Hartley

These days, we take income tax for granted as a necessary evil. Income tax isn’t the only method of taxation that burdens us, but it seems the most logical … right? Surprisingly, income tax is a modern phenomenon. For a long time, people were against an income tax because they saw it as a breach of their right to privacy. During the 17th century, British coinage was devalued because so much of it was clipped; the edges cut, shaved or filed off because the coins were made of gold or silver. Taxation was the option taken by the government to make up the deficiency this created.

The barn owls in a quatrefoil church window. The barn owls in a quatrefoil church window.

There was a flat rate of taxation per house, and  then more windows you had, the more you…

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