A View of Margate, with the Bathing Place
Engraver: Wells, J.
View of Margate harbour and the town seafront, showing the bathing machines out at sea. Margate in the late eighteenth century became a resort for the nobility. Persons of fashion came to follow the new trend for sea-bathing in order to restore their health. In 1753, a local Quaker, Benjamin Beale had invented a bathing machine. This was an an enclosed wagon, which could be boarded on the shore and then taken out to sea to release to bathers.