Established practice[ edit ] Bathing by both sexes together had occurred since time immemorial and is documented in neolithic cave drawings and Roman mosaics and frescos. When working people started visiting the coast to be 'dipped' for health or to 'bathe' for leisure cannot be determined but had been happening for 'some time' in Bathing in the sea by the lower classes was noted in Southampton by Thomas Gray in , and in Exmouth by shoals of Exeter damsels in unsufferable undress in He became interested in the curative properties of the waters and he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there.
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