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October 26th 2010

When bathing in the sea became popular in the 18th and 19th century, bathing machines such as this one were introduced to allow bathing in the sea with propriety. This one is in the middle of Weymouth and stands near the statue of King George III who visited Weymouth at the end of the 18th century when bathing in the sea was a very fashionable thing to do and did much to popularise the resort. It was noted by the novelist and playwright, Fanny Burney

“Think but of the surprise of His Majesty when, the first time of his bathing, he had no sooner popped his royal head under water than a band of music, concealed in a neighbouring machine, struck up “God save great George our King”

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