The versatile and popular author of nearly one hundred books, Edward Verrell Lucas came to Tillington in late 1913 or early 1914. With his wife Elizabeth and daughter Audrey they set up home in Tillington (on what is now the A272).
The house, very trim and pretty with a grand view of the Downs, was called officially Tillington Cottage, but because of a sign just beyond the front gate announcing DANGEROUS CORNER, E.V. insisted on taking the warning as the name of the house and even had it printed on his notepaper.
All the local conversation centred, rather in the Trollope manner, around Petworth House and the Leconfields. For the first year or so at least we did not know them, and the only active notice taken by E.V. of the 'great house' was in reference to chicken livers.. The poulterer supplied us with birds, admirable birds in every respect save one - they had no livers . When at last, utterly exasperated , E.V. called on the man in person to inquire the reason for this deformity, he was told that all the livers of all the chickens on sale in Petworth were reserved for Petworth House. [E.V. Lucas, A Portrait by Audrey Lucas].
Life in Tillington for Edward Lucas was very social and the family entertained many houseguests and a stream of callers including J M Barrie, A E W Mason, the author of The Four Feathers and several other books, who was also living in Tillington at the time, and Rev'd William Goggs, the local Rector, and [probably] A A Milne and E H Shepard. George Llewelyn Davies, the inspiration for J M Barrie's Peter Pan was also a regular visitor to this literary retreat.