Pottery produced in the 13th to early 15th century, with a production site in Hereford.
Hard: principal inclusions, well-sorted sandstone and quartz sand, c. 0.3mm. Maximum grain size c. 0.7mm. The Clay matrix is angular quartz and white mica silt up to 0.1mm. The colour is reddish with a clear or green-specked glaze and probably a white slip on the rim. It is difficult to distinguish between fabrics A5 and A6.
In 1985 Alan Vince (p41) recorded A5 from contexts of the mid to late 13th century to the 15th. It had only been recorded from Hereford and Hampton Wafer (Stanford, 1967) and he suggested that 'a local source is probable'. In 2002, Alan Vince (p79) recorded twenty-six sherds including some from the Sack Warehouse site, on the south bank of the Wye at Hereford, which appeared to be production waste.
Tripod pitchers are hand-formed and less globular than A2 or A3. Rolled-out rims are often decorated with thumbed bands. Decoration on upper part is incised horizontal grooves, applied strips, wavy combing and stabbed combed impression. Thin-walled vessels.