(Northamptonshire) is the Saxon nafela (the navel). It
is so called because it was considered the navel or centre of England.
Similarly, Delphi was called the “navel of the earth,” and in this
temple was a white stone kept bound with a red ribbon, to represent the
navel and umbilical cord.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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