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Bathing Machine Bye-Laws & Charges, Blackpool 1882

 

Borough of Blackpool. 

BYE-LAWS

Made and adopted by the Mayor, Aldermen and 

Burgesses, acting by a council as the Urban 

Sanitary Authority, with respect to 

Bathing Machines 

 

BYE-LAWS. 

INTERPRETATION OF TERMS. 

1. Throughout these bye-laws the expression “the Sanitary Authority " means the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough of Blackpool, acting by the Council as the Urban Sanitary Authority, and the expression " the District " means the Borough of Blackpool. 

For fixing the stands of bathing machines on the seashore or strand, and the limits within which persons of each sex shall be set down for bathing; and which persons shall bathe. 

 Bathing Machines at Blackpool in the 1890s.
Bathing Machines at Blackpool in the 1890s.

 

2. The several places described or defined in the list hereunto appended shall be the stands appointed for such number of bathing machines of such class, description, or construction, and appropriated for the use of persons of such sex as shall in respect of each of such stands be specified in such list. 

List of stands for bathing machines. 

No. 

Description 

 

Sex 

Beach Shore, opposite 

Imperial Hotel  

Male. 

Beach Shore, opposite

Imperial Terrace  

Female 

Beach Shore, opposite

Lansdowne Crescent  

Male 

Beach Shore, opposite

Carlton Terrace  

Female 

Beach Shore, opposite

Brighton Terrace  

Male 

Beach Shore, opposite

Albert Terrace  

Female 

Beach Shore, opposite

Clifton Arms Hotel  

Male 

Beach Shore, opposite

Lane Ends Hotel 

Female 

Beach Shore, opposite

Aquarium 

Male 

10 

Beach Shore, opposite

Hound's Hill.  

Male 

11 

Beach Shore, opposite

Read's Baths 

Female 

12 

Beach Shore, opposite

Wellington Hotel  

Male 

13 

Beach Shore, opposite

Britannia Place  

Female 

14 

Beach Shore, opposite

Waterloo Road 

Male 

15 

Beach Shore, opposite

Dean Street  

Female 

16 

Beach Shore, opposite

Star Hills  

Male 

 

In addition to or in substitution for any of the places so appointed as stands for bathing machines, such place or places as may, from time to time here- after, be appointed by the Sanitary Authority, and may be described or defined in a notice or notices painted, printed, or marked in legible letters and figures of such a colour or in such a manner as to be clearly distinguishable from the colour of the ground whereon such letters and figures are painted, printed , or marked, and affixed or set up and continued in some convenient and conspicuous position in or near to the place or places so appointed, shall be the stand or stands for such number of bathing machines of such class, description, or construction, and appropriated for the use of persons of such sex as shall be specified in such notice or notices. 

3. A proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine, stationed on any stand or part of a stand appointed for machines for the use of persons of the female sex, shall not cause or allow any such person, who may have hired, or may use such machine for the purpose of bathing to be set down for such purpose at any place less distant than fifty yards from any place at which any person of the male sex above the age of ten years may be set down for such purpose. 

4. A proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine, stationed on any stand or part of a stand appointed for machines for the use of persons of the male sex, shall not cause or allow any such person above the age of ten years, who may have hired, or may use such machine for the purpose of bathing, to be set down for such purpose at any place less distant than fifty yards from any place at which any person of the female sex may be set down for such purpose. 

5. A person of the female sex shall not, while bathing, approach within fifty yards of any place at which any person of the male sex, above the age of ten years, may be set down for the purpose of bathing, or at which any such person may bathe. 

 

6. A person of the male sex above the age of ten years shall not, while bathing, approach within fifty yards of any place at which any person of the female sex may be set down for the purpose of bathing, or at which any such person may bathe. 

For preventing any indecent exposure of the persons of the bathers. 

7. Every proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine so constructed as to be capable of being drawn or moved to or from the station occupied by such machine on any stand, by means of a horse or windlass, or other animal or mechanical power, shall at all times, when such machine may be hired or used by any person for the purpose of bathing, cause such machine to be drawn or moved into such a depth of water, or otherwise into such a position as will prevent any indecent exposure of any such person, when set down from such machine for the purpose of bathing, or when bathing from such machine. 

8. Every person of the male sex above the age of ten years who may hire' or use any bathing machine for the purpose of bathing, or may be set down from such machine for such purpose, shall at all times, while bathing, wear suitable drawers or other sufficient dress or covering to prevent indecent exposure of the person. 

9. Every person of the female sex who may hire or use any bathing machine for the purpose of bathing, or may be set down from such machine for such purpose, shall, at all times, while bathing, wear a suitable gown or other sufficient dress or covering to prevent indecent exposure of the person. 

For regulating the manner in which the bathing machines shall be used, and the charges to be made for the same. 

10. Every proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine stationed on any stand and so constructed as to be capable of being drawn or moved to or from the station occupied by such machine on such stand by means of a horse or windlass, or other animal or mechanical power shall, at all times, when such machine shall require to be so drawn or moved, cause the same to be drawn or moved with reasonable expedition and in such a manner as to avoid any improper obstruction of the shore or strand, or any undue interference with the proper use of any other machine stationed on any part of such shore or strand. 

11. A proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine stationed on any stand shall not, without reasonable excuse, at any reasonable time when such machine is not hired or in use for the purpose of bathing, neglect or refuse, upon the application of any person hiring or seeking to hire such machine for the purpose of bathing, to cause or allow such machine to be so hired and to be drawn or moved from its station on such stand to any suitable place whereat any such person may be set down for the purpose of bathing. 

12. Every proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine so constructed as to be capable of being drawn or moved by hand to or from the station occupied by such machine on any stand shall, whenever such machine may be hired or used to set down any person for the purpose of bathing from such machine, cause such machine, from time to time, as the state of the tide or other occasion may require, to be drawn or moved to such a position at such a distance from the water as to provide adequately for the safety and convenience of the person hiring or using such machine. 

13. Every proprietor or attendant of a bathing machine stationed on any stand shall be entitled to demand and receive for the use of such machine when hired to set down any person for the purpose of bathing a sum not exceeding in each case the charge herein-after prescribed :— 


    For every machine used by any person of the male sex above the age of ten years:
   For a time not exceeding half an hour  6d
   For every additional half hour or portion thereof  6d
 For every machine used by any person of the female sex above the age of ten years 
 For a time not exceeding half an hour  6d
 For every additional half hour or portion thereof  6d
 For every machine used by any person of the female sex above the age of ten years who shall, while bathing, require the services of an attendant of such machine 
 For a time not exceeding half an hour  6d
 For every additional half hour or portion thereof  6d
 For every machine used by one child under the age of ten years and accompanied by an adult person not being an attendant of such machine 
 For a time not exceeding half an hour  6d
 For every additional half hour or portion thereof  6d
 For every machine used by one child under the age of ten years for whom, while bathing, the services of an attendant of such machine shall be required 
 For a time not exceeding half an hour  6d
 For every additional half an hour or portion thereof  6d
 For every machine used by two or more children under the age of ten years and accompanied by an adult person not being an attendant of such machine 
 For every such child for a time not exceeding half an hour  3d
 For every additional half hour or portion thereof  3d
 For every machine used by two or more children for whom, while bathing, the services of an attendant of such machine shall be required 
 For every such child, for a time not exceeding half an hour  3d
 For every additional half hour or portion thereof  3d


The several amounts herein-before prescribed shall include charges for the provision by the proprietor, and the reasonable use by the bather, of the several articles specified in the following regulations :-

1. For every person of the male sex above the age of ten years :— 

( a. ) Two clean towels ; 

(b.) One clean pair of suitable drawers or other clean and sufficient covering to prevent indecent exposure of the person. 

2. For every person of the female sex above the age of ten years :- 

(a.) Two clean towels ; 

(b.) One clean gown or other clean and sufficient dress or covering to prevent indecent exposure of the person. 

3. For every child under the age of ten years :-- (a.) Two clean towels. 

For regulating the distance at which boats and vessels let to hire for the purpose of sailing or rowing for pleasure shall be kept from persons bathing within the prescribed limits. 

13. Every person in charge of any boat or vessel let to hire for the purpose of sailing or rowing for pleasure, shall, at all times when so sailing or rowing, cause such boat or vessel to be kept at a distance not less than fifty yards from every person bathing within the limits within which, in accordance with the byelaw in that behalf, such person may be set down for the purpose of bathing or may bathe : 

Provided always that this byelaw shall not apply in any case, in which, in consequence of actual or threatened danger to life, or of any other sufficient reason, the person in charge of such boat or vessel shall not cause such boat or vessel to be kept at the distance herinbefore specified from any person bathing within the aforesaid limits. 

Penalties. 

14.     Every person who shall offend against any of the foregoing bye-laws, shall be liable for every such offence to a penalty of forty shillings. 

Provided nevertheless, that the justices or court before whom any complaint may be made or any proceedings may be taken in respect of any such offence may, if they think fit, adjudge the payment, as a penalty, of any sum less than the full amount of the penalty imposed by this bye law. 

Saving for rights of Crown. 

15.     Nothing in or done under any of the provisions of the foregoing bye-laws shall, in any respect, pre­judice, or injuriously affect the rights and interests of the Crown in the foreshore below high-water mark. 

HENRY PARROTT MAY, 

TOWN CLERK. 

BYE-LAWS 

Made by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the
Borough of Blackpool, acting by the Council, with
respect to 

BATHING MACHINES 

1.—A person letting or attending a Bathing Machine shall not cause or allow such Machine to be let for hire on any Sunday after nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

2.—Every person offending against the foregoing bye-law, shall be liable for every such offence to a penalty of forty shillings. Provided, nevertheless, that the Justices or Court before whom any complaint may be made or any proceedings may be taken in respect of any such offence, may, if they think fit, adjudge the payment as a penalty of any sum less than the full amount of the penalty imposed by this bye-law. 

Given under the Common Seal of the said seal of the 

Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough said Mayor of Blackpool, this second day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two

HENRY HALL, Mayor. 

HENRY PARROTT MAY, Town Clerk. 

Allowed by the Local Government Board this twenty-third day of June, 1882. 

J. G. DODSON, President. JOHN LAMBERT, Secretary. 

Seal of the
Local
Government
Board. 

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