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Queen Victoria's bathing machine THE BATHING MACHINE "Drove to the beach with my maids and went in the bathing machine, where I undressed and bathed in the sea (for the 1st time in my life)… I thought it delightful till I put my head under water, when I thought I should be stifled." Queen Victoria's Journal 30 July 1847 Prince Albert believed that sea bathing was beneficial to health, and a bathing machine was installed at Osborne in 1846 at his request, so that Victoria could enjoy the waters. See it fully restored on the beach that Victoria enjoyed with her family. This curious object was used by the queen to preserve her modesty. It has a veranda at the front where curtains concealed her from view whilst she bathed. Inside is a changing room and a plumbed in toilet. The whole contraption was run into the sea from the beach along a long ramp, and pulled back using a wire rope and winch! © English Heritage

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  • Uploaded on September 12, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Guy Fogwill
    • Taken on 2012/09/07 13:34:47
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 48.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash