I love this wonderful picture of King George III's bathing machine.

I expect many of you are aware that the bathing machine model you can see in Weymouth close to the King's Statue is a replica of this very machine.

It was George III who helped make Weymouth the first fashionable seaside resort in the early 19th century.

He visited regularly, as he believed Weymouth’s bathing waters had healing properties.

This machine was used by the Royal on his first visit to Weymouth in 1789.

He would change into his bathing costume while the horse-drawn carriage was pulled into the sea.

The king would then be dipped in the water by two female royal dippers before returning to the bathing machine to change back into his robes.

In 2012 the replica bathing machine was installed by the statue in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.