The Chestnut Centre ; Otter Haven and Owl Sanctuary lies in the wooded estate of Ford Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith. It is a secluded and beautiful refuge for otters, owls and other wildlife.
Much of this area was the home of the Bagshawe family and they had several houses in the area. Ford Hall, the ancestral home of the Bagshawe family, is situated in a low, wooded valley in the high gritstone hills of the Dark Peak. The Hall has historical significance as well as being an animal sanctuary.
The Rev. William Bagshawe, who came to be known as the Apostle of the Peak, held services in secret at Ford Hall after he had been expelled from his ministry for not conforming to the Book of Common Prayer in the 17th Century. When the last of the Ford Bagshawes died without an heir, the Hall was bought by Roger Heap who converted the estate into a safe haven for wildlife