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Imagine if you were taxed according to the number of windows in your home. To save on tax, would you move into a windowless house or convert all windows into walls? Window Tax – ridiculous idea, isn’t it? But, such a tax was actually levied in England during the seventeenth century and the policy remained for more than a century and a half till Charles Dickens raised his voice against it. Till then, the poor lived in dark and poorly ventilated windowless houses. Newer houses would get built with fewer or no windows – perhaps it was the first time that a tax policy influenced the architecture of the region. Worse, the notches in the policy made it look even more foolish. Here’s more about the tax and why it might be appropriate to have such a tax for certain purposes: