The Philip Doddridge collection is located in Northamptonshire Central Library. It contains printed material by and about Doddridge, including theological writing, sermons and correspondence. The collection also includes some original letters by Doddridge and accounts for his Dissenting Academy in Northampton.

Philip Doddridge was born in London on 26 June 1702, the son of a prosperous oilman and grandson of a minister. His mother was the daughter of a Lutheran preacher. Doddridge was educated at several private dissenting schools and afterwards went into the dissenting ministry, entering the academy of John Jennings at Kibworth and later Hinckley, both in Leicestershire. He started preaching at Market Harborough and helped to establish a Dissenting Academy in the town. In December 1729 he was appointed as minister of the Independent congregation of Castle Hill, Northampton. Doddridge moved his academy to the town and pursued his ideas to unite Nonconformists on common religious grounds. In 1730 he married Mercy Maris. He published many theological works, wrote hymns and also became involved in large correspondence concerning his religious beliefs, perhaps to the neglect of his pastoral duties. Doddridge also set up a charity school in 1737, helped found the County Infirmary in 1743, and was a leading member of the local Philosophical Society. Philip Doddridge died in Lisbon, Portugal, on 26 October 1751, where he was attempting to overcome a long illness.

In addition to the items listed on this site, you can find published essays, sermons and correspondence by and about Doddridge on the Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service online catalogue.