What did the Victorians use those small rooms inside the turrets for?
Did they have turrets for a functional reason or were they mainly decorative? Do they have stairs or ladders? I'd think a stairway would take up most of the space inside a turret so a ladder would be better, unless you made a large turret. I was thinking a turret would be good for putting a telescope at the top, and the lower rooms could be used for reading, etc.
The turrets I have seen have seats in them -- either built-in, hugging the windows, or separate chairs, as a place to relax. I saw a picture of one with a table taking up most of the space and built-in seats. Sometimes towers or turrets were areas to cultivate indoor gardens, complete with vines. I haven't seen one with stairs; usually the turret area is a bumped-out extension of a room.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turret for when they would have stairs.
Below are the common rooms where turrets are usually found. Also listed are some possible reasons for turrets.
Library turrets: reading nooks Music room turrets: good place to put the piano or harp Dining room turrets: room to expand dining table during holidays Bedroom turrets: Extend the bedroom. Victorians sometimes "took to bed" for weeks and it gave them extra space to move about their room if they were ever quarentined while sick.
Scary monsters and all those skeletons that inevitably overflow from the figurative closet!
Our 112 year old George Barber turret room connects with the 3rd floor ball room and has a built in bench on 7 sides. The men would open the round windows and smoke and play cards in this room. (According to past owners stories anyway) I have a deck of cards in this room in case Mr. Beck and his buddies are still around................ We also have a skeleton in the cedar third floor closet. Is it nearing Halloween ?