The English city of Brighton was one of the first to embrace the concept of bathing in the sea for pleasure, after the somewhat risque Prince Regent made it his home and the country’s trendy young things made it THE place to visit. But bathing was somewhat different in those days – men and women would generally wear all-in-one costumes covering pretty much everything except the ankles, while the most demure women would use a bathing machine (like a miniature beach hut on wheels) to enter the water. This would ensure the absolute bare (!) minimum was on show, and that the local menfolk’s sensibilities were not offended. Things are rather different these days, of course – Brighton proudly opened the country’s first naturist beach in 1980.
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