In another minute or two, the distant bathing machines
would begin to move, and then the elderly gentlemen of regular habits and sober quaker ladies would be coming to take their salutary morning walks.
Alice had been to the seaside once in her life, and had come to the general conclusion, that wherever you go to on the English coast you find a number of bathing machines
in the sea, some children digging in the sand with wooden spades, then a row of lodging houses, and behind them a railway station.
The rooms were shut up, the lodgers almost all gone, scarcely any family but of the residents left; and, as there is nothing to admire in the buildings themselves, the remarkable situation of the town, the principal street almost hurrying into the water, the walk to the Cobb, skirting round the pleasant little bay, which, in the season, is animated with bathing machines
and company; the Cobb itself, its old wonders and new improvements, with the very beautiful line of cliffs stretching out to the east of the town, are what the stranger's eye will seek; and a very strange stranger it must be, who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme, to make him wish to know it better.
Family holidays were often spent on a private forest-fringed, sandy beach, where a bathing machine
- a wooden changing cubicle with cart wheels - allowed Victoria to preserve her modesty.
Where: Try the Victorian bathing machine
exhibit on the Promenade and works at other sites around Llandudno.
These include a multifunctional beach hut in Bournemouth, Dorset, and an ingenious 21st-century update of a bathing machine
The bathing machine
was then towed to the shore, so that women could slip into the water discretely, free from the male gaze.
But now English Heritage has restored Victoria's original bathing machine
to the site prior to its opening on July 27.
Judging by the wooden bathing machine
used to hide her modesty when she went for a dip in the sea, Victoria wouldn't have been amused at the huge number of strangers now invading the privacy of her bedroom.
As modesty prevailed, the bathing machine
- a hut on wheels - was invented.
He found a house in the elegant resort made famous in 1789 by George III, who was the first reigning monarch to use a bathing machine
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