The final chapter in an amazing story will take place tonight when the recently discovered altarpiece designed by the great Thomas Hardy is rededicated at All Saints Church, Windsor.

The Bishop of Reading the Right Reverend Andrew Proud will perform the ceremony at the church in Frances Road at 6.30pm this evening.

The altarpiece - designed by one of the Victorian era's greatest writers -had been covered up by oak panelling in the 1920s and forgotten for decades. It was rediscovered by accident by parishioner Stuart Tunstall, who peered behind the panelling while searching for the church's long missing foundation stone.

Yesterday afternoon parishioners had a last chance to look at the altarpiece before the rededication.

They enjoyed talks about the church's history and Thomas Hardy himself by the former Rector of Langley Reverend Doctor Jeremy Hurst and the assistant curator at St George's Chapel Kate McQuillian.

It was ironic that the altarpiece was discovered while searching for the foundation stone, laid by Queen Victoria's daughter Vicky - later Crown Princess Frederick of Prussia - in 1862.

The stone has still not been found.

Building the church had been a personal mission of Queen Victoria's.

Mr Hurst said: "It only took a year to build the church from scratch which seems amazing nowadays."

Meanwhile the newly rediscovered altarpiece has been cleaned and restored and can be enjoyed in all its glory.

For full story of the rededicationn see this week's Observer on Friday.