On Brighton's bathing machines, Granville had this to say:
"All these untoward circumstances render the aid of bathing-machines absolutely necessary, in order to transport the bathers far enough into clean water, four or five feet deep. Accordingly we find these useful auxiliaries during the bathing season ready on different points of the shore, and placed at such a distance as will secure the necessary quantity if water for a dip or plunge.
"At my last visit I found three stands of them destined for the use of the ladies, between Kemptown and the Old Steine; and four for gentlemen westward of the Steine, as far as Regency Square. The attendants are principally old women; but the ladies who use the machines on the beach at Kemptown, seem to prefer being carried to their distant, and almost floating cabinet-des-bains, in the brawny arms of stout, broad-shouldered fellows employed for that purpose. It would be ludicrous if it were not somewhat indecent, to behold how fast these modern naiads [nymphs] cling to their lusty neptunes while the latter hurry through the waves with their fair cargoes, until the deposit them in the floating bathroom, where a female attendant is at hand to help and guide them in and out of the water. Such a practice, however, (much as it may be deemed objectionable) the dangerous appearance of the shore in this place would seem almost to sanction."