Kingdom was a television series starring Stephen Fry as Peter Kingdom, a Norfolk solicitor who is coping with family, colleagues and the strange locals who come to him for legal assistance.
In the Summer of 2006 the location filming was one in Swaffham. In Kingdom the town is called Market Shipborough. The pub in the series is called “The Startled Duck” but to locals it is better known as “The Greyhound”.
Kingdon’s office was filmed in Oakleigh House in the town centre, and was formerly the house of the head master of Hamond’s Grammar School. The coastal scenes were filmed at Wells-
Stephen Fry is a local boy with property close by. He attended Gresham’s Prep School in Holt and went to college in King’s Lynn.
Stephen says that he chose Swaffham because “It is inspirational. I have always admired a balance between modernity and tradition that the town has managed to strike and have always felt at home amongst its people. There’s something about the place, a perfect market town, perfectly placed in the heart of Norfolk’s perfect Breckland. Swaffham is a wonderful place to visit, a wonderful place to stay and a wonderful place to know”o