George Baker was a Birmingham industrialist and philanthropist active in the 19th century. He joined John Ruskin's Guild of St. George and wished to further its aims. In 1876 Baker was elected mayor of Birmingham on the resignation of Joseph Chamberlain. In 1877 he commissioned a new house in the Venetian Gothic style at Beaucastle, Bewdley, Worcestershire, England. He let plots in its grounds to artisans, in addition to creating a modest garden around the house for his own use.