In 1353 he purchased the manor of Irthlingborough from Sir Simon de Drayton. He became a merchant in London, served as an Alderman of Castle Baynard ward and a Sheriff of London in 1369 and was then elected Mayor of London in 1372. In 1375 he obtained a royal licence to found the college of Saint Peter, Irthlingborough, a college for six secular canons — one of whom should be dean — and four clerks, but died before his intention was actually carried out.
He died in 1382.
A memorial to him can be found in the John Pyel Chapel of Saint Peters Church, Irthlingborough on the south side of the main altar.