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The IAO's Midlands Organ Day in 2016 was based at the Albert Hall, which houses a largely unmolested example of the work of the famous Yorkshire builder, James Jepson Binns. He was also responsible for an instrument of similar size built for Rochdale Town Hall four years later.
The hall was constructed as a Wesleyan Methodist Mission and was designed by prominent local Methodist architect Albert Edward Lambert. The cost of the organ (£4500 in 1909, equivalent to about £½ million today) was financed by Jesse Boot, later Lord Trent, founder of the Boots company. Its specification was drawn up by C W Perkins, Birmingham's City Organist at that time.