In Richmond Palace, the Great Hall and Chapel were no longer the only extravagant rooms in the building. In prior medieval houses those two rooms were the only ones in which there was a significant amount of extravagance; private chambers were not usually lavishly appointed. In Richmond, Henry VII showed his power by lavishly appointing every single room and gallery. He had spent many years reigning and building up the wealth stored in the King’s treasury. When he had become comfortable enough with the state of the finances he made one of the most powerful moves he would make as King and that was to build Richmond Palace. Henry wanted to not only prove that he was meant to be King and higher than any other man in the land, he also wanted to live lavishly in any room in his palace.
Sheen Palace, renamed Richmond Palace and rebuilt by Henry VII around the turn of the sixteenth century, was the precursor of subsequent Tudor Palaces. It was built on a grand scale around three courtyards, with spectacular Thames-side façade of three storeys enlivened by picturesque towers and cupolas. However, Richmond was still fundamentally medieval in appearance.