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Victorian Bathing Machines

Victorian Bathing Machines
The above picture from 1880 shows 4 bathing machines in use on the beach in Withernsea.
Bathing machines came into existence in the 18th century to enable prospective bathers to get changed in privacy and then walk straight into the sea.

 

A project was started in 2015 by Phil Mathison and Torkel Larsen to rebuild three Victorian Bathing Machines in Withernsea.

Building a new Victorian Bathing Machine
First chassie being built for the bathing machine.

 

Building a new Victorian Bathing Machine

One of the top doors being assembled.

 

Building a new Victorian Bathing Machine

Sides are up and seating in place.

 

Building a new Victorian Bathing Machine

One Bathing Machine complete, second Bathing Machine primed ready for the finishing paint.

 

Building a new Victorian Bathing Machine

Second Bathing Machine ready for transport to the Withernsea Lightmuseum

 

Victorian Bathing Machine at the Withernsea Lighthouse

Victorian Bathing Machine installed at the Withernsea Lighthouse Museum

 

Victorian Bathing Machine on the road

Our first Victorian Bathing Machine on the way to the beach.

 

Victorian Bathing Machines on Withernsea Beach
Two of the Victorian Bathing Machines on the beach in Withernsea.

 

Victorian Bathing Machines

The Bathing Machines were normally taken to the water's edge by horses and retrieved when the bathers time was up.

 

Victorian Bathing Machines in Withernsea

Ready for a dip in the sea ?

 

Victorian Bathing Machines on prom in Withernsea

The bathing machines make an appearance at the boxing day dip event. (with new stronger wheels)