The Window Tax was a tax implemented on homeowners in Dagenham, England in the years 1785-86. The tax was based on the number of windows in a home and was intended to generate revenue for the government. The more windows a home had, the higher the tax. This tax was controversial as it was seen as unfair to those who could not afford to pay and led to some homeowners bricking up their windows to avoid the tax. The Window Tax was eventually repealed in 1851.
Window Tax, Dagenham, 1785-86