One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wheeled hut drawn to the edge of the sea, used for changing in and bathing from.
- ‘His unquenchable enthusiasm sees crescents and terraces, a hotel and a library, and bathing machines.’
- ‘Scarborough was the first seaside resort at which bathing machines were seen, having been recorded in an engraving by John Setterington in 1736.’
- ‘As a last resort, we could try bringing back 18 th-century bathing machines - funny little huts on wheels, in which ladies were trundled into the surf and decanted into the sea with their modesty intact.’
- ‘His snake occupies the adjacent bathing machine, an Edwardian contraption resembling something out of a torture chamber.’
- ‘Bathing machines may have been constructed in order to assist the sick and elderly into the ocean, but this wasn't the main reason for their existence.’
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