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Residence History – Window Tax

The UK Window Tax- Let There Be Light! 

Window tax was first introduced in England and Scotland in 1696. The more windows you had, the more tax you paid, so in theory the richer you were the more you would pay. This worked in countryside areas, however poorer city dwellers often lived together in one large building with many windows, resulting in drastic measures to cover up windows to avoid the tax.


Thankfully the window tax was eventually abolished in 1851 after medical professionals declared lack of windows in home created an unhealthy living environment.

Windows make such a wonder feature to a home, whether it’s a grand entrance, a bay window or a conservatory, they open the room for more light allowing us to enjoy the space we call home.

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At Residence Collection, we have a range of colours available and can offer everything from timeless classics like Grained White to modern favourites such as Eclectic Grey. Don’t forget, we also offer a dual finish that allows you to find windows and doors that look as good from the inside as they do outside.