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Deserted village church opens up

An historic church in the deserted village of Imber on Salisbury Plain is open to the public this Easter weekend.

Visitors to St Giles' will be able to see the fully-repaired church building and a number of conserved medieval wall paintings.

The restoration campaign was funded by The Churches Conservation Trust and the Ministry of Defence.

Villagers had to leave their homes in Imber in 1943 to make way for Army exercises which continue to this day.

Neil Skelton, who looks after the church, believes the paintings are the last of their kind in England.

"These are now unique in all England," he said.

"They are very interesting because the only other ones we knew of were at Canterbury cathedral and I believe those have now disappeared."

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