infobox UK place
country = England
population = 561 (2001 census)
City of Leeds
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster= Leeds North West
postcode_district = LS21
Arthington is a small village in
Wharfedale, in the City of Leeds metropolitan boroughin West Yorkshire, England. It is a civil parish, which according to the 2001 census had a population of 561 and is in the LS21 (Otley) postcode district.
It used to be a
railway junction, where the line to Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Ilkley, and on to Skiptonjoined the Leedsto Harrogateline.
It is at the northern end of the
Bramhope Tunnel. There is a memorial to the workers killed digging the tunnel near the church in Otley. The railway then crosses the dramatic stone Arthington Viaductover the River Wharfe.
The village was the site of one of only two
CluniacNunneries in England - the other being at Delapré Abbeyin Northampton.
The Cluniac order was a branch of the Benedictines and fell under the rule of the great abbey at Cluny in
Burgundy; the Benedictineorder was a keystone to the stability that European society achieved in the 11th century, and partly owing to the stricter adherence to a reformed Benedictine rule, Cluny became the acknowledged leader of western monasticism from the later 10th century. A sequence of highly competent abbots of Clunywere statesmen on an international stage. The monastery of Cluny itself became the grandest, most prestigious and best endowed monastic institution in Europe. The height of Cluniac influence was from the second half of the 10th century through the early 12th.
The Cluniac Prayer
"O God, by whose grace thy servants the Holy Abbots of
Cluny, enkindled with the fire of thy love, became burning and shining lights in thy Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and may ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever."
* Arthington was in this parish
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