Plan of a bathing machine

19,5 x 21
East Sussex Record Office
Early modern period
Tourism and Culture

Plan of a cheap and simple rolling bathing machine consisting of a light framework covered with canvas “as used on the coast of France” from the archives of the Brighton Improvement Commissioners, c 1820s.

The Brighton Improvement Commissioners were established by an Act of 1773, which gave them powers of paving, lighting and cleansing the roads of the town, of holding a market, of defending the town against the sea, of nuisance prevention and removal and of levying duties on coal.


View 1 : Plan of a bathing machine in use at Brighton, 1820 (ESRO, DB/B/73/7).

View 2 : Copy of a plan of a bathing machine which was sent to Canada from the archives of the Brighton Borough Engineer and Surveyor’s department, 1894 (ESRO, DB/D/46/606).

View 3 : Rolling bathing machines at Hastings Beach by Robert Havell, early 19th century © Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, cat. 5


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