The Bathing Belle – Scarborough, UK
Posted by: dtrebilc
N 54° 16.897 W 000° 24.141
30U E 669105 N 6017968
Quick Description: This is one of a pair of statues celebrating Scarborough as the U.K.’s first sea-bathing resort. They are known collectively as The Scarborough Belles.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/17/2012 9:43:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMEN5Z
“In 1626, Elizabeth Farrow discovered a stream of acidic water running from one of the cliffs to the south of the town. This gave birth to Scarborough Spa, and Dr Wittie's book about the spa waters published in 1660 attracted a flood of visitors to the town. Scarborough Spa became Britain's first seaside resort, though the first rolling bathing machines were not noted on the sands until 1735.”
This statue shows a Victorian woman bather as she would have been dressed at the time. It stands on Westborough outside the Brunswick shopping centre.
The second statue is at the end of Vincent’s Pier which forms part of the harbour wall and shows a diving woman in a modern bathing suit. It was way marked by V70PBD in 2008. (visit link
The Bathing Belle is made of galvanised steel by artist and blacksmith Craig Knowles, who also made the Diving Belle. (visit link