Blocked up Abingdon windows – part 1

The Window Tax was a tax on the value of a property. The tax could be assessed without intruding on the house owner’s privacy by going inside.

As a consequence of the tax, people blocked up windows, and built houses with fewer windows. It was repealed in 1851. (Fewer windows were a health and safety problem.)

The blocked up Abingdon windows, pictured here, were probably not blocked up to avoid the Window Tax, unless you know better.

It could be that internal alterations made the windows no longer necessary.

It could be that the space inside is being used for storage or that privacy is needed.

They could be an architectural feature – for classical symmetry

If you know buildings, in Abingdon, where windows are blocked up to avoid the Window Tax then I will do a part 2.

1 thought on “Blocked up Abingdon windows – part 1

  1. Ben Jeapes

    I’ve lived at 80 Ock Street. Those blocked off windows belong to the same rooms as the windows round the corner facing onto the street. It was handier to have the extra wall space so that is probably why they were blocked off.


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