No Female person shall at any time hereafter go into a Bath or Baths within this City by day or by night without a decent Shift on their bodies.
Female bathing costumes were derived from those worn at Bath and other spas.
The genteel classes were bathing for health from using bathing machines, the men and boys swam naked while the girls and women dipped alongside them.
Near the University of Oxford an area for male nude bathing was known as Parson's Pleasure.
Nude swimming, or skinny dipping, is the practice of bathing naked, originally in natural bodies of water, but also in swimming pools or hot tubs.
The term dipping was the practice of being immersed in spring waters, for health reasons at spa towns.
Bathing in the sea by the lower classes was noted in Southampton by Thomas Gray in 1764, and in Exmouth by shoals of Exeter damsels in unsufferable undress in 1779.