Originally posted on texthistory.
This is from Cecil Torr’s Small Talk at WReyland:
“On many of the older houses round about here , one sees a board with the word ‘dairy’ fixed above a door or window. These boards are relics of the window-tax, as exemption could be claimed for the window if a dairy or a cheese-room, if ‘dairy’ or ‘cheese room’ was painted outside. There is a board with ‘dairy’ at the back of this house. It seems to cover two windows now; but these are really the ends of one wide window.
The window tax goes back to 1695,but many of these windows are of later date than that. The tax did not become oppressive until after 1784. In that year the tax on a house of 10 windows was raised from 11s 4d to…