Batheing Machine (The)
B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1773)
Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynnian Titford-Mock, 2007
d|BGd BGd|BGd "tr"d2g|ecg ecg|eca "tr"a2b|gea fdg|ecd "tr"d2c|BGB cAc|BGG "tr"G2:|
|:d|egd fad|gbd fad|egd fad|gbf e2g|dBg eca|fdb e2g|dBg cAc|BGG G2:||
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.