William Ashford, who for many years was an apothecary and general practitioner at Ballsbridge, and died at his residence, No. 1 Serpentine Avenue, on 15th July, 1892, in his 80th year. A pillar memorial to him was erected at Irishtown in 1893, commemoration of his services for half a century to the poor of the parish.
His grandfather was William Ashford [1746-1824] the well known English landscape painter who worked exclusively in Ireland.
The memorial is a simple pillar made of limestone. It is about 10 feet tall and has a plaque on the front that reads:
IN MEMORY OF
DR WILLIAM ASHFORD
APOTHECARY AND GENERAL PRACTITIONER
WHO DIED 15TH JULY 1892
IN HIS 80TH YEAR
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE POOR OF THE PARISH
IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF HIS BENEVOLENCE AND KINDNESS