Pandia Peter Ralli, 27 August 1862, London, England - 5 February 1924, Ashtead
The Greek Community in London (1500-1945)
- Grandson of Pandia 'Zeus' (Stephanos) Ralli [aka Pandias Stephen Rhallis] , 1793, Chios, Greece - 9 Jul 1865, Connaught Place, London, England, a successful Greek merchant and leader of the Greek community in London
- The outbreak of the Greek war of independence triggered savage reprisals against the Greek population of the Ottoman empire by the Turkish authorities,
forcing wealthy merchants from Constantinople and Chios to flee abroad. Many went to London where they re-established their businesses and came to dominate the Baltic trade.
Foremost among these new arrivals was Pandias Stephen Rhallis (1793-1865) who emerged as the leader of the now burgeoning community.
- Son of Peter (Pandia) Ralli, 16 Nov 1837, London, England - 30 Jan 1868, London, England and
Alexandra (Zannis) Ralli (née Ralli), 23 Oct 1841, Odessa, Ukraine - 31 May 1903, London, England
- There is a albumen carte-de-visite from 1863 of Alexandra Ralli (née Ralli) and Peter Pantia Ralli on the
National Portrait Gallery website.
- Pantia Ralli endowed £6,500 as a memorial to his father, Stephen, to King's College Hospital,
who opened the Pantia Ralli Ward for sick children in 1866. it is believed to be the first children's ward in any London hospital.
The ward was renamed Cotton Ward in April 2000.
- Pandia Ralli lived in Ashtead manor from 1889 until his death in 1924.
It was sold by his wife, Arghyro (Ioannis) Sechiari, becoming City of London Freemen's School in 1926
Extract from: Christopher Aidan Long's page Pandia Peter (Peter) Ralli
- Chairman of the Leatherhead and District Electricity Company
A well-known orchid grower
Known as 'Ashstead Ralli', he was given Ashstead Park as a wedding present by his mother, costing £120,000 in 1889
Catsiyannis rather disapprovingly says he led a very grand life, 'keeping eight cars and an army of servants'.
He appears to have conceived the four-wheeled 'Ralli Car' which, inspirationally, had shafts designed so that it could be worked by one, two or a team of horses (see example made ca.1890 by Oliver of Hawkhurst). He also gave his name to a Ralli Dog Cart.
Left his property valued at £516,760 (net) to his widow.
His former head-gardener George Henry Hunt was drowned in the 1912 Titanic disaster.
Extract from: Ashtead : a village transformed
- Ashtead manor was bought as a wedding present (3 August 1889) for Pantia Ralli by his mother.
Following his death in 1924 his wife, Arghiro, sold the manor house.