Lena (cjk1701) wrote in little_details,

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Taking a bath at home in the 18th century.

Hi guys,

I have a couple of rather simple questions about bathing. Unfortunately my history books are all Regency England or Victorian England, and I need information about an earlier period, namely around the mid-18th century. Google is being singularly unhelpful, for some reason: looking up history of bathrooms and bathing gives me everything about the Middle Ages and the 19th century, but little in between. Please advise. :)

The household in question is rather well-off, with all the appropriate servants.

I. Were baths set up in the dressing room or in the bedroom?

II. If both husband and wife had the crazy idea to bathe at the same time, would they get a bath each (were there even two baths in the household?), or would they take the same bath, one after the other? (If so, in what order?)

III. Wooden baths or metal ones? Hip-bath or a larger one?

Thank you very much in advance!
Tags: 1700s (no decades given), ~hygiene & grooming

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