Batheing Machine (The)

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 Theme code Index    3335 6662H
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance, Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Charles and Samuel Thompson
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 3
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 65
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1773
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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BATHEING MACHINE. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody is unique to Charles and Samuel Thompson's third country dance collection (London, 1773). A bathing machine was a kind of shack on wheels that could be let into the surf at beaches. This would allow preservation of modesty (primarily for women) while wading or swimming in the ocean. Some attribute the invention of the bathing machine to Benjamin Beale, around 1750, at Margate, Kent.

Printed source: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 65.