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Bathing Belle

Craig Knowles
2008

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Description

Galvanised steel statue of a female Victorian swimmer with a steel girder symbolising the constraints of the Victorian society, stepping down from a 'bathing machine'. The woman is also wearing an elaborate swimming costume that all women at the time were forced to wear to cover their body.
A 21st century female swimmer is the Diving Belle. The statues show the contrast between the tradition at the beginning of Scarborough's popularity as Spa resort and the present day.

'Bathing Belle' was unveiled 24 April 2008 and stood until c. 2017 on Westborough in front of Brunswick Shopping Center and was placed on the present location in 2019.

Inscription(s)

The Scarborough Belles

The Bathing Belle on Westborough (2008)
and
The Diving Belle on Vincent's Pier (2007)

Designed as a pair, celebrates Scarborough as the U.K.'s
first sea-bathing resort, from the 17th Century through
to her regeneration in the 21st Century

DONORS
Mr G Oxley
Mr W Burnard
Mr & Mrs D Stonehouse

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Locatie (N 54°17'33" - W 0°24'26") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gbyh208; Photograph: 1 August 2019
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