The Domesday Book records a mill being present on the site in 1086 - one of the five mills recorded as part of the great manor of Bramley. In the 15th century, the mill was owned by 'John atte Lee'. In the 16th by Sir Edmund Walsingham and in 1599 it was sold to George Austen.
The present timber-framed building, built around 1750, originally housed two separate mills. The eastern half of the mill ceased operation in the 19th century and has been convered to residential use. The western half remained in operation until 1914 and is now open to the public.
In the early 1930s the mill was acquired by the group known as 'Ferguson's Gang' from Major Godwin-Austen who went on to be known as the Pious Yudhishthira, and then donated to the National Trust on the understanding that the small room by the grindstone was available as the Gang's Headquarters. This was designed by architect John Macgregor, AKA 'The Artichoke'.
The mill opens to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays during the summer months.