A Staffordshire aristocrat and his wife are being forced to leave their family's ancestral home of 1,000 years.
According to Sir Charles and Lady Imogen Wolseley, financial problems now mean they must move out of their Georgian mansion and into rented accommodation.
Their home Park House, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, has been sold by the bank after a failed business venture led to bankruptcy.
Sir Charles' family has lived on the 1,490-acre Wolseley estate near Cannock Chase for more than 1,000 years - dating back to the reign of King Edgar. But the 63-year-old suffered financial difficulties after an attempt to develop the estate's gardens into a tourist attraction was unsuccessful.
In May 1996 he was made bankrupt to the tune of £2.5 million. According to Sir Charles, the amount was "mainly interest" on debts.
Now the couple will have to rent a friend's barn conversion near Penkridge in the spring.
The baronet said he and his wife were finally leaving Park House after the house was sold by The Royal Bank of Scotland, which had been creditors for the failed garden park venture which led to his bankruptcy.
"It is the bank which has caused us financial problems," he said. "I borrowed from them to finance the garden park.
"I was well covered by the security of the estate but Natwest called in all possible debts that they could, which left me with hundreds of creditors and no means to pay them quickly.
"It is a miracle we have survived for so long but this is the end of the Wolseley family's occupancy of the estate after over 1,000 years."
Sir Charles had planned to develop the garden and leisure centre into one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Midlands, attracting 250,000 visitors a year.
Wolseley Garden Park was opened to the public at a cost of £1.73 million in 1990 but only took between £26,000 and £30,000 gate receipts in its first year.
He later blamed the recession and interest rates for the multi-million pound debts that built up, which included £3 million to the bank.
Lady Wolseley, known as Jeannie, said having to move was a "very big wrench".
"It is very upsetting really to leave when it's happened on your watch after a thousand years," she said.
"You feel as though you are caretakers and it is to be passed on. It has been a privilege to live here - we love it and we have enjoyed it."
Describing the Wolseley's experience over the past few years, she said: "We have lived with this hanging over our heads.
"This has been our home for so long but it is more than just losing our home, it is all the heritage as well.
"It was probably inevitable once the bankruptcy happened. It is terribly sad that the Garden Park didn't come to fruition. But it was always going to be a problem because the bank withdrew funding before it was completed, so it didn't have much chance."
"I have not bought any new clothes since 1990. If life ever approached normal I would have to have counselling," she added.
The house has been sold to a family. No one from the Royal Bank of Scotland was available for comment.