Bathing Machines, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Bathing Machines, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Photograph taken n/a © Historic England Archive. NMR ref: BB85/02155B

The Victorians came to Whitby because sea bathing was believed to be healthy. Although their bathing suits covered most of their bodies ladies had to behave modestly. Bathing machines allowed them to change privately. They were then towed down into the water by horses so they could get straight into the sea. These machines, belonging to J Hill, are near the harbour above the West beach. You can see how high they were by looking at the man standing by the wheel. In the background is the swing bridge that connects East and West Whitby and allows ships into the upper harbour.