Too cold to swim?
Madame D’Arblay mentions bathing at Brighton in 1782, notice the date!
‘Wednesday November 20th. Mrs and the three Miss Thrales and myself all rose at six o’clock in the morning and by the pale blink of the moon we went to the seaside, whence we had bespoke the bathing–women be ready for us and into the ocean we plunged. It was cold, but pleasant. I had bathed so often as to lose my dread of the operation, which now gives me nothing but animation and vigour.’ Read more from: Hung Out to Dry Swimming and British Culture