There were a few bathing machines in Aberystwyth in 1776; by the 1880s there were 73.
These huts were designed for people to change in before they were rolled into the sea. In the early days, the bathers stepped into the sea under the supervision of a bathing attendant who immersed them completely beneath the waves. When they had finished, a horse pulled the hut out of the water. The huts were replaced by bathing tents during the 1930s.
Byelaws of 1884 specified that
• the men's and woman's huts were to be kept 200 yards apart;
• male bathers were to stay at least 50 yards from female bathers;
• those using boats were to stay a similar distance from bathers (except in emergency);
• charges for the huts were not to exceed 6d for the first half-hour and 3d per half hour thereafter; and 3d per half hour for children; an additional charge of 3d per half hour for an attendant for female and children bathers if required.
These charges to include two towels and one bathing costume per person.
Swimming and sunbathing became more popular during the 1920s and 30s when the public were encouraged to keeping fit.