Esoteric London

No. 558: Kensington Park Road, W11

Posted in Architectural, Housing, Political London by esotericlondon on April 18, 2012

Kensington Park Road, London, W11. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

In 1696 Window Tax was introduced as part of the ‘Act of Making Good the Deficiency of the Clipped Money’. It was a tax aimed at the occupiers of houses, not the owners of them. Only if the property was empty would the owner be liable to pay. There were two parts to the levy; firstly, a flat-rate house tax of 2 shillings and secondly a payment determined by the number of windows in the property. Properties with between ten and twenty windows paid a total of 4 shillings, and those above twenty windows paid 8 shillings. The tax remained in force until 1851 and its effects upon many of London’s larger properties can still be seen today. R.D.

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